Wow! What a crazy year this has been. If you are anything like me, it has felt like everything has "turned on" again -- seemingly out of nowhere and is a small shock to the system. Which has made the end of the year --- super busy and perhaps a little more hectic and stressful than usual.
It is so important that through the busyness and event packed end of the year, that you find space for yourself and your family-- so that you can enter the festive period energised, rather than super tired.
Come and join me inside as I discuss this further!
Books, books, books. You know how much I LOVE BOOKS if you've followed me for some time. Finding the joy and magic of books is often the key to getting our kids to engage with reading. Come and join me with the tips I have about helping our kids to find the joy of books!
Did you know that we unconsciously create energy? That our thoughts and even our comments can create negative or positive energy? What about the fact that we can also transfer this to others?! This episode is all about energy and the way that our comments and our energy is transferred onto our kids!
A lot of the time we think that Literacy and Mathematics belong in seperate places, BUT they are actually more interlinked then you may think! This episode is all about the links between the two and what we can do in tutoring and at home to help our children to gain confidence in Maths!
If you are a women, or you have tween or teenage girls, you HAVE to listen to this episode! Charlotte and I discuss a whole range of topics surrounding her first moon circles for tweens, teenage girls workshops and women's circles. It was such a fun and important conversation surrounding everything that Charlotte does, to what is missing in girls education in schools and the difference that these conversations can make for girls and women. When we are aware of everything from our menses, to the cycles to produces, we can operate at our best, and sometimes, this honest discussion is missed with our tween girls! Charlotte Pointeaux/ Menstrual and Moon Cycle Coach, First Moon Circles. @Charlotte.pointeaux.coach @first_moon_circles
Children act out in class for a whole range of reasons. I've spoken about this before, and will continue to shed light on the situation. A quote that I saw come across my feed earlier last month was " next time a student is acting out in class remember this: when you have a learning difficulty, it is often less shameful to be seen as the "bad kid" rather than the "dumb kid". Come and join me, while I explore this!
Lockdown is hard on all of us! Trying to keep up with our kids schooling and additional support just adds to keeping up with work and family life commitments too. If we saw anything from last year, it was that there are many kids that need additional help, but our first reaction for students in a lockdown situation was to place less value on additional support. This episode is all about why you need to give online tutoring a go, how it can support your child just as well as face to face sessions and why a lockdown is not the time to let your child's additional support go!
Oh my! I am so excited to bring you this episode today! Reports! Reports are something that I know parents struggle to interpret and understand! This episode is all about giving you an overview about reports and what you are really looking at in them!
Wow! I can't believe that we are at mid-year break already! That is crazy! This episode is all about why our kids seem to go a little crazy mid-year .... and what you can be doing over the holiday break to help set them on track for Term 3!
Have you ever wondered what prep goes into tutoring sessions? Tutoring sessions not only incorporate what happens during the duration of your child's session, but it also involves prep that tutors undergo weekly for your child's session. For HSC tutors, this may include reading of the texts and marking responses that your child has prepared and written. Want to know more? Join me inside!
So, you're in your final year at school? If you are about to head into your final term (exciting!), the break coming up is the ultimate time for you to get down to the nitty gritty of study! Not only is this the best time for you to get on top of your study notes --- but it'll help you as you head into your trial exams!
We live in a world where we always feel like we need to either belong, or we will be left behind. This episode is a reflection of my time at a business conference over the recent holidays, and about why we shouldn't be forcing our kids to fit in.... or ourselves. Rather, we should be embracing who we are as individuals!
Learning really is a series of getting ourselves and our students super comfortable, with being uncomfortable in the beginning stages of learning new things. This episode is all about that! How can we get our students comfortable with learning and lessons we can also learn for ourselves as students of the world!
This week's podcast is a very special podcast on Anzac Day, and how we can safely lead our children through discussions on sacrifice, conflict and commemoration. There are so many rich texts that are available for all age levels on war and conflict, and the important of Remembrance. This episode goes through a few activities you could use, as well as how to safely enter into and out of the important discussions.
Naplan is fast approaching for another year. This episode is all about why we SHOULDN'T be teaching to the test, and why we need to begin to relax a little around tests and test expectations.
We are back at holidays! Term 1 has gone so quickly, I simply can't believe it! Holidays are always up for debate as to whether we keep our kids learning, or give them a break! Have a listen and hear my thoughts and what things you can do with your kiddos during the holidays!
Is anyone as excited as I am about World Sleep Day? Tomorrow the 19th of March is the day! Sleep in..... sleep well! This episode is packed full of sleep information for you. And best of all, how to get that little bit more quality sleep too!
THIS, I believe is so super important to build for our kids. The majority of struggling readers that come into our tutoring centre pretty much HATE reading.... with a passion. Yes, decidable texts are great to help our children develop their oral reading skills, but sometimes..... you have to pick a book purely for enjoyments..... and this is what this episode is all about!
Reading is a skill that is deceptively difficult to pick up successfully. It also feeds into so many other elements of our literacy. This episode is an overview of reading and some of the research based evidence of what works best.
Now is the time of the year that Year 11 will begin to struggle with time management and the demands of their HSC courses! Join me as I give some tips for the common struggles that Year 11 students will struggle with!
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Stuck for lunch box ideas? Healthy lunch box week is designed to help parents think about what they are putting in their child's lunch box...... and I give you some hints and tips at the same time!
This episode is alllllllll about the transition back to school — for Year 7 students!
Much of the information around is about helping our littlest kiddos transition to school, but there is a gap regarding students in Year 7. And let's face it, the change to Year 7 is just as large! In fact ...... it can sometimes be a harder transition!
Join us for this brand new episode. In this episode, Ted and Alysha discuss the transition from pre-school to Kindergarten.
This episode is very special. One of our tutors, Elise joins Alysha and Ted in this episode where we talk all things art.
Elise creates and sells her own line artwork, and in this episode we delve into what she creates, why and how!
This episode goes through COVID realities in the classrooms, motivating our kids and even provides a great little list of local activities for you to do with the kids these holidays!
Join us as we discuss the importance of encouraging our children to be themselves and embrace their individuality! We talk strategies for behaviour issues in the classroom and at home and why we need to encourage our children for who they are.
Join us as we discuss vital tips to keep your young one motivated until the end of the school term, strategies to keep things fair amongst the family and loads more.
Come inside! We have a whole new format for the podcast, with one of my tutors, Ted joining me for our new episodes!
Today we catch up on all the business things and delve into the challenges and experiences we had with COVID earlier on in the year!
Have you seen The Social Dilemma? If you haven't, I definitely recommend you giving it a watch! This episode touches on some worrying aspects that the social dilemma raises, and what we, as a community can do to try and provide some relief!
So what is Irlen Syndrome? It is one of the pieces of the puzzle you should DEFINITELY consider when you are trying to figure out what is going on for your child (and yourself)! It can be a huge piece of an often complicated puzzle!
Maths is hard. You either get it..... or you struggle with it! I know first hand what it is like to struggle with maths, as I've been there myself... .but there is a way forward. There are lots of things you can do to help you move from struggling with Maths to confidence in Maths.
The HSC is just around the corner for another year. Here are some super tips to help you organise your study sessions, and get the most out of your time heading into the HSC!
Click here to download our HSC Tips and Tricks PDF.
This Thursday the 10th of September is R U OK? Day.
It's all about checking in with your work mates, friends, school friends and people surrounding you, and sitting down and asking them honestly and sincerely "Are you OK?" Really listen, really be there for them!
This episode speaks a bit to my experience as a teacher and tutor with R U OK? Day.
If you need support in resources for having the tough conversations simply head to: https://www.ruok.org.au
If you, or someone you know, needs support other places to turn to are:
Lifeline- https://www.lifeline.org.au or 13 11 14
Beyond Blue- https://www.beyondblue.org.au or 1300 22 4636
Kid help line- https://kidshelpline.com.au or 1800 55 1800
This episode runs through everything you need to know about the process we go through when it comes to initial tutoring sessions. We go through: matching processes between students and tutors, what to expect in initial sessions, assessments, communication between other professionals and what why we don't run a program based tutoring centre.
It's been a while between episodes! What a crazy year we have had so far. Join Alysha as she fills you in on tutoring in the online world!
Does your child struggle with speeches? Do they really hate standing in front of their peers to speak? Speeches are a skill that children will need to use continually throughout their lives. Anxiety surrounding speeches is something that can be overcome in small steps and this episode is here to help guide you with useful tips and tricks to getting your children to give speeches a go!
Technology is changing the world we are operating and learning in very quickly. With new technology, comes new opportunities for learning to be access by all individuals, those with learning difficulties and those without. Assistive technology is being used more often in schools, allowing all students to equally access the information they need. These range from using phone and computer technologies to apps and settings in devices we use everyday.
Irlen Syndrome is one piece of the puzzle that can make a world of difference to many people. I have Irlen Syndrome myself ..... and my coloured lenses make everything a thousand times better for me! Join me, Alysha, on my journey into Irlen .... What it is, What a difference it has made in some of the lives of my clients and what a difference it has made for me!
The internet keeps changing and with the continual development of new apps, websites and interactive social media means that as parents, we need to stay more on the ball as ever. A lot of this comes down to modelling the correct usage for our children. This episode goes into just that!
Learn more about our BRAND NEW online Essay and Study Skills course. This is a 10 week course, perfect for students starting Year 11 and 12.
This buzz word is something we hear from the start of Year 7 all the way to the HSC. Join Alysha for the nitty gritty of study. The what, the why, the how and the where are all important elements of study to consider and in this episode we are going through them all!
Reading, comprehension and writing for kiddies between the ages of three and six.
We believe that reading is a super important skill that we all use every day. Often, our love for reading, our love for books and all things learning comes from when we are really little as well.
Alysha is joined with the owner of "School Shades", David Whetton for this episode of Breakaway's podcast.
Eye health. We know how important it is.... But did you know that most of the damage is done when we are children?
Why? Because we don't start wearing sunglasses until we are teenagers! David is on a mission to ensure that our children's eye health is just as important as wearing hats and protective clothing outside. Want to get School Shades for your school? David spends a great deal of time talking to executive staff and School P & C's to spread his message. You can find more information at: SchoolShades.com.au
It is super important that to combat bullying and even the effects of everyday life on our kids that we provide opportunities for our kids to develop the tools required for resilience. We need our kids to be resilient so that they can continue to shine brightly, even when someone else is trying to extinguish their light. This episode runs through some practical tips on how we can help to build this for our kids at home!
This episode explores ways in which we can open up the conversation about Bullying and the impact it has on others - with our kids.
You can click here to access the blog on the experiment. It also has conversations starters available at the bottom of the page!
For those that missed it, the 5th of Feb was Safer Internet Day. It takes a village to make sure that our children are using technology correctly. This episode gives you some food for thought when it comes to teaching our children about technology, you might even find something useful for you!
We've done Kindergarten and Year 7, now we are looking at organisation for Year 11 and 12. This is a super episode on all the little bits and pieces for senior students to think about and consider when it comes to assessment, organising study notes and achieving gold in their HSC.
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We had lots of questions come through about starting Kindergarten! Join Katie in Episode 3 as she answers some of the most burning questions about the start of Kindy! Have a listen for advice on: finding the perfect fit for your child's shoes, what is the best size of bag, munch and crunch basics, home reading 101 and much, much more!
The start of Year 7 is an exciting time! It is a different ball game to Primary School though. This episode goes through the major differences your child may experience during this often challenging time while giving you, the parent, tips with how to help your child navigate this change!
Welcome to our brand new, Breakaway Tuition podcast.
This first episode is about preparing your children for Kindergarten. Come and join Alysha and Katie as they discuss creating routines, making learning fun and dealing with nerves and separation anxiety.