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At Step by Step, we steer clear of the 'one size fits all' approach.

Step by Step Learning™ provides individualised services to Paediatric, school-aged children.
We support our client’s in their learning journey, and equip them with the skills required to each reach their individual potential.

Meet our Belinda! She is one of our passionate tutors here at SBSL. She is currently completing a Bachelor or Primary Education, and she thoroughly enjoys planning lessons that not only focus on students weaknesses, but are fun and engaging! She works with primary students in Kindergarten to Year 6, as well as Junior High School students (Year 7 & 8) in both Maths and English.

​We are so particular when choosing team members to be part of SBSL, because we believe that passion is energy, and that energy can help create a calm and engaging environment for each student! #stepbysteplearning
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#DidYouKnow that we offer morning sessions before school?!? This can be so beneficial for our students to maximise concentration and engagement in sessions! Working around a school schedule, with sporting and other commitments, can be super tough! Morning sessions can be better suited to some of our families for this reason also.

If you may be interested in a morning session, please get in touch and we will try to be as accommodating as possible ☀️ #stepbysteplearning
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Sabotage - a strategy we use with our little ones to encourage more language output!

As parents, you often know exactly what it is your child wants. HOWEVER, it is important to provide opportunities for your child to tell you this, so that we can facilitate language use and growth.

For example, if your child is pointing to an object in a jar they cannot reach, ask them “What do you want?”, “Do you want the red car?” If your child provides a short, one-worded response, this should THEN be positively reinforced with praise and by giving them the item. As hard as it is to jump in and meet their needs straight away, a little sabotage can go a long way 😉

For more language stimulation strategies to use with your little one, head to our website and check out our free resource on this topic ❤️ #stepbysteplearning
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‘The Human Experience’; our current English ‘theme’ for the HSC.

This module is all about identifying how texts represent and show the different human experiences in one’s life. This may be through examining how texts represent human qualities and emotions associated with, or arising from human experiences.

So, Year 12’s of 2020 - it’s great to know your prescribed texts back to front, but have you selected your own supporting texts yet? We are of course here to help if you need a hand with making your decision! #stepbysteplearning
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There is something special about being a tutor. We not only provide explicit instruction for teaching curriculum-based content, but also take on the role of a mentor. It is important to us that we are always motivating and inspiring our students to think ahead, and be the best they can be. When you invest in a tutor at SBSL, you can not only expect improvements in their subject knowledge, but improvements also in functional life skills such as organisation, goal setting and instilling a positive mindset towards learning. #stepbysteplearning ...

Yes, calculators make life easier, but don’t become too reliant on them!

Up until year 12, you will still be required to complete ‘non-calculator’ tests or sections within an exam. Basic knowledge and maths mental abilities are SO important! #stepbysteplearning
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Stuttering is a motor speech disorder affecting a person’s fluency when they speak. Stuttering usually starts in early childhood, often by the age of three. Recent research in Australia shows that 8.5% of 3 year old children experience stuttering (SPA, 2020).

Stuttering is not usually caused by an event, person or experience. Some people have a predisposition to stuttering. Stuttering can also be genetic. When assessing a stutter, family history is important, as often this can be an indication of a child not growing out of the stutter in the future.

When we talk about stuttering with our little ones, we use the words ‘smooth’ and ‘bumpy’ to help them understand. Stuttering can happen in a number of ways including: repeated sounds (b-b-but), repeated phrases (I want I want), prolongations (caaaaaan I) or blocks (silent while the face is ‘stuck’). Some people can also display bodily movements such as grimacing, blinking or the eyes rolling back.

If you suspect that your child has a stutter, it is important to reach out to a speech pathologist as soon as possible. Research shows that treatment before a child starts school will have the best outcomes, so it is important to allow a window of time for this to occur.

Please get in touch if you have concerns about your child’s fluency and we would be happy to discuss with you the next steps required #stepbysteplearning
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Knowing letters and numbers is great, but does your child need to know every single one before school? NO! It is important that we instil an interest in these concepts. Like we always say, it is so important that learning these concepts is FUN and enjoyable, so it’s important to keep it light and entertaining.

Here are some ways to encourage learning for numeracy and literacy:
✏️ Joint book reading should be a daily activity! It will give your child an opportunity to practise their sitting and listening skills required for school.
✏️ Draw your child’s attention to the fact you are reading from left to right (trace the words with your fingers as you read)
✏️ While reading, stop and pause to ask various ‘wh’ questions about what they can see and hear (who, what, when, where and why)
✏️ Look at the letters in your child’s own name. Practise saying and learning these sounds as a starting point!
✏️ Identify and match letters with sounds (e.g. ‘m makes mmm’). Use an alphabet chart which displays a picture with the sound for prompting.
✏️ Look for sounds and numbers on signs, at the shops and on houses.
✏️ Play games where your child needs to match words that sound similar and rhyme.
✏️ Involve your child in activities such as cooking and keeping score in games, to create an awareness of numbers and measurement.

We hope these are useful! Let us know what your favourite activities are! #stepbysteplearning
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Say hello to our newest SBSL team member 🐶😂

Chino will be working reception and doing the odd coffee run for our human team members. Sometimes he falls asleep on the job, but please go easy on him, he is still learning the expectations around here 😉 #stepbysteplearning
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As a tutoring company, we strive to do everything we can to enhance the quality of our services. As part of the Australian Tutoring Association (ATA), we have a certain Code of Conduct and Code of Ethics we must abide by in our work. The ATA aims to raise the standards of tutoring in Australia, through ensuring families receive the best possible services from ethical tutoring organisations.

In addition to this, we have been accredited by ‘Accredited Tutor’. This means that we have met the requirements that qualify us as ‘trustworthy’ and ‘quality’ tutors, through a series of online training courses, tertiary education and have had the appropriate checks to comply with Child Safety regulations in Australia. We encourage all families to do a search through these organisations when looking for a tutor, so that you can ensure you are choosing a credible tutor and/or company #stepbysteplearning
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There are many skills a child may develop to ensure that they are ‘ready’ and will thrive in their new learning environment. These skills are not only academic/learning based, but also social and emotional.

We would love to share these with you:
👉🏼 SOCIAL SKILLS:
▪️TURN TAKING: Play games which will require your child to wait for their turn. Model and reinforce that we must wait when it is the other persons turn. Turn taking will also help to develop your child’s joint attention skills.

▪️WIN/LOSE: Help your child to feel okay when they don’t win. Create opportunities for both outcomes and model nice things to say when the other person wins. Praise them for saying these things.

▪️SHARING: Encourage your child to share their toys with other children. Positively reinforce with praise when they do this.

▪️EMOTIONS: Research shows that when children are able to identify their own emotions, and read the body language of others, they will have improved social AND academic outcomes. Discuss different emotions using pictures and practise labelling them. Ask and encourage your child to tell you how they feel in different situations.

We hope you find these useful! NEXT UP:

👉🏼 Numeracy and literacy! ✏️ #stepbysteplearning
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A value we pride ourselves on and teach our students every single day ❤️ #stepbysteplearning ...

I was inspired to study speech pathology after completing work experience in the field, and I was able to see the direct impact speech pathologists can have on the lives of children and their families.

I am still as inspired today, as I was then. I pride myself on connecting with my families and honestly, watching their language develop. Seeing my students achieve their goals is a feeling I will never get tired of!

Our older students do work experience and often ask us where they should complete this. Choosing a career can be so overwhelming, especially if you are unsure what path to choose, with so many options available these days!

I want to know, are you in your dream job? Did you always know what you wanted to do, or did you change careers? Let’s create some real-world inspiration for our students! #stepbysteplearning
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PHONOLOGICAL AWARENESS Phonological awareness is the ability to identify and manipulate sounds within words. These skills are strongly linked to early reading and writing (literacy) success in children.

Some different ways that we target phonological awareness include:
✏️ Syllable counting
✏️ Rhyming
✏️ Identifying sounds within words
✏️ Segmenting sounds (sounding out)
✏️ Blending sounds (to make words)

This is a great activity which can be used to target initial sound identification in words. Through searching through all of the possibilities, children are drawn to the sounds. This creates an association between sounds and letters, which helps to form the building blocks for reading and writing #stepbysteplearning
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#DidYouKnow that 1.2 million Aussies have a communication disability that impacts on their daily life?

A way that we can all help to ‘bridge the gap’ is to be aware of forms of communication which are not just verbal.

Have you heard of Key Word Sign (KWS) before? KWS is different to Auslan (aka sign language), as it represents key words in a sentence, rather than every single word.

Thank you @expressyourself_withelliot for demonstrating some basic KWS’s and spreading awareness! #stepbysteplearning
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With school holidays just around the corner, we love this collection of ‘boredom busters’. Keeping your minis entertained can be done in ways that don’t always involve technology.

Although, with restrictions easing we can bet that these holidays will be a lot easier than the last 🙈 #stepbysteplearning
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As term 2 is nearly closing, we can’t wait for what the second half of 2020 has for us! We have some surprises up our sleeve that we can’t wait to share! #stepbysteplearning ...