What is Phonemic Awareness and how to develop it?

What is Phonemic Awareness? Phonemic awareness is a subset of phonological awareness in which listeners are able to hear, identify and manipulate phonemes, the smallest units of sound that can differentiate meaning. Separating the spoken word “cat” into three distinct phonemes, /k/, /æ/, and /t/, requires phonemic awareness. The National Reading Panel has found that phonemic awareness improves children’s word reading and reading comprehension, as well as helping children […]

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Starskills Animal Early Learning Program Overview

Starskills Animal Early Learning Program Overview Included with each Starskills Early Learning Program is an overview. This overview is a simple layout of what to focus on each week. It is simple for parents, leaders and educators. Teachers can include this in their programming but also be attentive to the needs of the children through […]

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Homemade Playdough Kit

My children and I made a homemade playdough kit that gets a lot of use. Here’s what we put in our kit to help give you some ideas for your own kit. Everything goes into a large plastic or tupperware container that’s big enough to hold the following: 1 or more rolling pins 3 or […]

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Starskills Animal Early Learning Program

I have just finished creating the Starskills Animal Early Learning Program! I am so excited to be able to share what this program includes! Starskills Early Learning Programs are for babies, toddlers, preschoolers and kindy students. Programs are designed to be easily implemented in playgroups, ESL and early learning settings such as daycares, pre kindy […]

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Language Development In Children – Babies, Toddlers & Pre Schoolers

Here are ages and pointers for each year of development. Most children will not follow this to the letter it is only a developmental guide. If you have concerns please see your paediatrician or local speech pathologist. Starskills Online Membership : Weekly Early Learning Vocabulary and Online Printables & Worksheets 6 Month Old Language Development […]

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How to Develop Your Child’s Vocabulary

Here are some things you can start doing today that will help your child to develop their vocabulary as your child grows. Vocabulary development is foundational to future literacy skills including reading and writing. Below you will find practical things you can do with your baby, toddler and pre schooler to develop your child’s vocabulary […]

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EYLF Outcomes

Click Here to Download   The Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF) has five outcomes. It is all well and good to have the outcomes, but what do they mean?? How do we use them in our teaching? How do the activities that we already have apply to the EYL? I am going to break them down […]

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OUTCOME 5: Children are effective communicators

  5.5  Use information and communications technologies to access information, investigate ideas and represent their thinking Recognises and uses specific vocabulary that is related to information and communication technology, e.g. screen, keyboard, mouse Uses keyboard and mouse to operate simple computer programs, e.g. talking texts and games Experiments with the use of the keyboard for […]

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OUTCOME 5: Children are effective communicators

  5.4   Begin to understand how symbols and pattern systems work  Participates in innovation and play involving sound patterns, vocabulary and language, e.g. invented words, songs, poems, nonsense rhyming, sentence innovation Participate in literacy texts which have a predictable pattern based on rhyme or rhythm, e.g. dances, chants, rhymes, jingles, songs Demonstrate word awareness (e.g. […]

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OUTCOME 5: Children are effective communicators

  5.3  Express ideas and make meaning using a range of media Explores representation of language, e.g. scribbles, shapes, pictures, letter-like symbols, letters, writing high-frequency words such as their own name. Experiments with representing texts in a variety of ways, e.g. oral retelling, role-play writing, imaginative play, drawing, drawn or written letter. Contributes to texts […]

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OUTCOME 5: Children are effective communicators

5.2   Engage with a range of texts and gain meaning from these texts Engages with, listens to and responds to a variety of texts, e.g. fiction, non-fiction, poetry, multi-media texts, with familiarity and understanding of their format. Share, illustrate, re-enact or re-tell stories of different cultures, e.g. traditional tales, dreamtime stories Sings and chants rhymes, […]

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OUTCOME 4: Children are confident and involved learners

4.4   Resource their own learning through connecting with people, place, technologies and natural and processed materials Uses and names a range of tools, resources and techniques in investigations Uses his/her senses to explore natural and built environementsaapts materials for use in play situations, suggesting new ideas and ways to use resources Explores the purpose and […]

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OUTCOME 4: Children are confident and involved learners

4.3   Transfer and adapt what they have learned from one context to another Mirrors, repeats and practices the actions of others, either immediately or later Makes connections between experiences, concepts and processes Uses the processes of play, reflection and investigation to solve problems Applies generalizations from one situation to another Tries out strategies that were effective […]

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OUTCOME 4: Children are confident and involved learners

4.2  Develop a range of skills and processes such as problem solving, inquiry,    experimentation, hypothesizing, researching and investigating Engages in simple investigations and explorations Identifies cause and effect Explore safe environments using all senses Applies a wide range of thinking strategies to engage with situations and solve problems, and adapt these strategies to new situations […]

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OUTCOME 4: Children are confident and involved learners

4.1   Develop dispositions for learning such as curiosity, cooperation, confidence, creativity, commitment, enthusiasm, persistence, imagination and reflexivity  Explores different ways of doing things Shows curiosity about events and experiences Shows curiosity, engagement and purpose in learning Perseveres when faced with challenges, making several attempts before       seeking help. Express wonder and interest in their environments […]

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OUTCOME 5: Children are effective communicators

5.1   Interact verbally and non-verbally with others for a range of purposes Develops use of Standard Australian English and home language to communicate effectively Clearly articulates developmentally appropriate vowel and consonant sounds Develops a range of simple sentence structures to convey meaning Establishes use of a range of vocabulary, e.g. nouns, verbs, adjectives, simple conjunctions […]

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OUTOME 3: Children have a strong sense of wellbeing

  3.2  Develop increasing responsibility for their own health and physical well-being Demonstrates fine motor skills required for activities such as drawing, painting, cutting, use of computer mouse Holds pencil correctly and uses it effectively Combine gross and fine motor movement and balance to achieve increasingly complex patterns of activity including dance, creative movement and drama […]

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EYLF Resources

We are live! The Starskills Club contains a growing collection of EYLF early educator resources. It includes my EYLF templates, programming, Curriculum Plans, Learning Center resources,Play resources, resources for your classroom and much more! Premium Members will have access to all my things which I am excited about! Starskills Club is the #1 place for […]

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OUTOME 3: Children have a strong sense of wellbeing

3.1   Become strong in their social and emotional well-being Demonstrates trust and confidence Increasingly co-operates and works collaboratively with others Enjoys moments of solitude Accepts affirmations Asserts self in appropriate ways whilst demonstrating increasing awareness of the needs and rights of others Builds and maintains positive relationships initiates interactions and responds positively to peers and […]

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OUTCOME 2: Children are connected with and contribute to their world

2.4  Become socially responsible and show respect for the environment Demonstrate how to look after and use books appropriately Consider the importance of picking up own rubbish Demonstrates increasing knowledge of, and respect for natural and constructed environments Explores relationships with other living and non-living things and observe, notice and respond to change Develop an awareness […]

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