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At Starfish, we want to offer you the best support we can. From the moment you begin your journey with us, our knowledge, experience and expertise is yours too. Our regular blogs aim to keep you up to date with all the latest industry news and advice, as well as our very own product information, tips and techniques.

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Managing After-School Exhaustion or Hyperactivity

Navigating the challenges of post-school meltdowns and hyperactivity is a common concern for parents. However, with the right strategies, we can support our child's emotional regulation and well-being. From routines to sensory techniques, each tactic contributes to creating a supportive environment for your child.

Join us as we explore practical solutions to ease the transition from school to home, helping your child find balance and calmness after a busy learning day.

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Early Start NDIS Plans: A Guide to NDIS Core Funding Allocation

Early Start NDIS Plans: A Guide to NDIS Core Funding Allocation

When it comes to early start NDIS plans, you may find that not all children are allocated funding under the CORE category. The shift in funding allocation has left many families in a predicament, as they struggle to secure the necessary resources to support their children.

However, there is hope. You might be able to request an allocation of funds specifically under Capacity Building to purchase resources crucial for your child's therapy.

To achieve this, follow these easy steps.

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Handwriting tips for left handers

Handwriting Tips For Left Handers

Developing good handwriting is a valuable and practical skill.  When you can write effortlessly, your work becomes legible and efficient, enabling you to focus on the content rather than the physical act of writing.

However, for left-handed students, achieving mastery in handwriting can be more challenging.

In this blog post, we'll showcase the top tips for supporting left-handed students in their handwriting journey.  By implementing these strategies, we aim to make the process smoother and more enjoyable, helping left-handers to thrive and achieve their academic goals.

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Mastering the b and d Confusion

Mastering the b and d Confusion

Confusing the letters b and d is a common issue for many learners.  Whether it is mixing up b’s and d’s in reading or writing, or both, as parents and educators, it is important to address this early.

In this blog, Kirstie explains 'why' it is important and lists the strategies that she uses to help learners master their b’s and d’s in the Starfish tutoring centre.

For many learners, b and d confusion can be challenging.  But it is possible with effective teaching, to overcome this obstacle, and develop strong reading and writing skills.

PLUS FREE WORKSHEET DOWNLOAD!

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What Order To Teach The Alphabet

In early childhood education, teaching the alphabet is a fundamental skill that lays the foundation for reading and writing.

However, the order in which the letters are taught can greatly impact a child's learning progress.

In this blog, we will explore the importance of teaching the alphabet in a particular order, provide practical tips on how to effectively teach letter sounds, and suggest activities and resources that you can do now to support your child's learning journey. Plus a FREE DOWNLOAD!

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How Flashcards Can Improve Your Child's Phonics Skills

How Flashcards Can Improve Your Child's Phonics Skills

Flashcards are a versatile and effective tool for teaching phonics.  They are a simple and engaging way to introduce and reinforce letter sounds and word recognition skills.

In this blog, we will explore the benefits of using flashcards for phonics learning and provide practical tips for making the most of this valuable teaching tool.

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Our Top Games for 3 Year Olds and Why!

As parents and teachers, we understand the importance of fostering early development in our little ones. Games are not only a fun activity, but they provide numerous developmental benefits.

From improving social skills to enhancing cognitive abilities, games offer a well-rounded learning experience for children.

Join Kirstie (M.Ed Special Education) as she talks you through some her top picks that cater for 3 year olds, and why.

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How to Teach the Time

How to Teach the Time

Learning to tell the time is an important life skill and it is a good way to promote self esteem & confidence. Many children struggle learning to tell the time, especially on an analogue clock. That doesn’t have to be the case, though.

You can make the process fun and easy by sticking to these three easy steps!

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Sensory for Sleep

Sensory for Sleep

There are very few things (if any) more important for a child’s development than sleep. Sleep is essential for growth, brain health and overall wellbeing.

Poor sleep, or lack of sleep entirely, can be one of the biggest contributors leading to a child under achieving or struggling to reach their educational goals and developmental milestones.

So what can we do?

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