My two passions in life, after my family, are children and
I really like to sit down on a quiet afternoon and get my teeth
stuck into a good book.
However, its young children that really fascinate me. I am
intrigued by them; each child is unique and equally captivating. I find it incredibly amazing how we humans
develop. A tiny baby, completely reliant on others for survival, is soon reaching, grasping, imitating
sounds, sitting, crawling, standing, walking, climbing, running, speaking and asking questions - programmed
to learn and eager to master new skills.
I am fascinated when very young children are able to solve quite
complex problems. For example, I was recently mesmerised watching my ten month old granddaughter work out how
to get the ball that just rolled under the couch. She attempted at least five or six different strategies
until she worked out how to reach that ball; it was simply incredible to
I love to imagine what children are thinking and to watch them
practice new skills over and over again. We adults could learn a lot by watching how young children
unfailingly implement strategies to solve problems and learn new
I have had many jobs over the years where I have had the
privilege to observe and be enthralled by children. My most significant job of course is parenting and now
grandparenting. My other significant job was teaching. After graduating from university I commenced my career
in education at a local kindergarten. I was so enthralled by how children's brains developed that after four
years teaching I went back to university and undertook my Bachelor of Education (Special
I then started teaching in special education. This provided the
opportunity to study smaller groups of children even more closely. I could see first-hand how small
accomplishes were achieved and I was able to develops step by step learning programs individualised for each
child I worked with.
My focus was on literacy development with children aged 18 months
to five years. At the centre we also had speech pathologists and physiotherapists working with the
children, however my job was to enhance their skills so they could read and write. Learning to read
is the key to future academic success. If we could get our children with special needs reading then they were
in a much better position to learn other skills when they commence school.
Over they years I tried many different teaching strategies, some
failed miserably but I slowly developed a collection of strategies that worked. Children learnt to read and
we all had fun along the way.
I am so proud when the children recognise words on the
page for the first time and everything begins to 'click'. They feel happy and this boosts
their self-confidence. The children realise they can read and this gives them such a feeling of success.
It is very gratifying to be part of their accomplishment.
I now work in management at an educational facility and feel I
have the time to write and share my experience.
I hope you gain insight from my book and experience the joy of
playing and learning with your children.
Diploma of Teaching (Early Childhood)
Bachelor Special Education
Diploma of Management
Certificate IV Project Management