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Kirsty Gibbs

Kirsty began her career as a teacher in 2006. Since then she has worked in all areas of education from the early years to high school. She lives on the Gold Coast with her husband and two young daughters. Kirsty is the founder of Learning Blocks, the learning hub for parents and children. She specialises in early childhood education and runs classes and workshops for both parents and children aged 3-13. Kirsty has most recently developed educational resources and guides for parents to use at home with their children // www.learningblockscentre.com.au

Number of Entries : 7

Should I Send my Child to School or Give Them Another Year?

I have never come across a family who regretted giving their child another year.  That’s the first point, and a pretty important one at that.  My second is; do you want your child to ‘just cope’ or do you want them to thrive? Children need to develop socially, emotionally and even physically before they are ready to sit in a classroom with 20 plus other children and concentrate all day every day, with struc ...

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Building the Foundations for a Successful Reader // Rhyming

When we think of reading, we think of someone holding a book or a newspaper or these days an iPad or even a phone, but the foundations for reading, the crucial skills that are required for readers to be successful don't actually contain any actual ‘print’ (visual words or letters). Early/foundation skills for reading actually start with ‘hearing’ or a term you may have heard a before, phonological awareness ...

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Chores for Children

Research shows that children who have a set of chores from a young age have higher self-esteem, are more responsible and are better able to deal with frustration. Both of my girls (2 and 4 years of age) have chores, but I have framed them in a way that these little ‘jobs’ that they do is their way of contributing to our family household, and my husband and I have set the tone that these things are just expe ...

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5 Ways to Prepare Your Child for School

We're half way through the school year and for those of you with preppies starting in 2019, here are some tips to work on and get your child school ready. Starting school can be quite emotional and overwhelming for children and parents alike.  Know that you can help reduce these feelings, by talking to your child, being positive, organised and relaxed about it. Here are 5 ways you can help prepare your chil ...

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Let Them Get Messy! 

Just the thought of this will probably make some of you cringe, but hear me out!  Messy play not only fosters curiosity, imagination and exploration, it also supports the ability to play independently and is a fantastic way to develop fine motor skills, problem-solving skills and language. There is actually such a thing as 'controlled mess'.  Trust me, I have figured it out!!!  And no, it's not just because ...

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The Benefits of Reading Aloud to Our Babies, Toddlers and Children

Simply put, yes, it is absolutely crucial that we read aloud to our children. We are told very early on that reading to our children is beneficial, but do we really know why? “Reading aloud with children is known to be the single most important activity for building the knowledge and skills they will eventually need to learn to read,” – Marilyn Jager Adams. Here are a few of the benefits of reading to your ...

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Is Your Child School Ready?

So here’s the deal… In Queensland, if your child turns five by 30th June, you can send them to school in January of that year.  This could mean that your child will start school as a four-year-old, along with children who are five turning six that same year.  If this is your child and their birthday is in the first half of the year, you also have the choice to wait another year and send them to school when ...

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