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What does PLD stand for?

Originally PLD was operating as ‘Preventing Literacy Difficulties’ and because that was a little negative and confronting for schools, it was changed to PLD: Promoting literacy Development. These days we operate just a PLD for short.

We are having a parent workshop, do you have any suggestions of content we can use?

PLD recommends parent education so that home and school can work in partnership to maximise the learning outcomes of students.

  1. The following list of clips are designed to either be embedded within e-newsletters or viewed within parent education workshops/sessions.
  2. There between 10 and 15 downloads for each age range that focus on pencil grip, cutting skills, motor development, news-telling, semantics, comprehension, picture books etc. These are easily located within the DOWNLOADS tab of each age range. if you have difficulties locating the milestone sheets, do contact the PLD office: [email protected]
Pre-School:
There are also MANY downloads available on the PLD website: https://pld-literacy.org/product/early-years-language-literacy-motor-milestones/
Kindergarten/PreSchool: 
There are also MANY downloads available on the PLD website: https://pld-literacy.org/product/early-years-language-literacy-motor-milestones/
Foundation: (Pre-Primary WA, Preparatory:  QLD, Vic, Tas, Reception SA, Kindergarten NSW, ACT)
There are also MANY downloads available on the PLD website: https://pld-literacy.org/product/foundation-year-language-literacy-motor-milestones/
Year 1 & 2:
There are also MANY downloads available on the PLD website: https://pld-literacy.org/product/year-12-language-literacy-motor-milestones/

What are PLD's opening hours?

The PLD office is open on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9.30am until 2.30pm and on other days by appointment, however orders can be placed on our website at http://pld-literacy.org 24/7.

Where is the PLD office located?

The office is located at 116 Parry St, Perth, 6000. The office is very close to Nib stadium.

Where is nearby parking?

Nib Stadium parking is the easiest parking. It is located on Pier St, Perth.

For WA seminars, refer to the map and details provided at: http://pld-literacy.org/contact-us/
For NT seminars, free parking is available at the venue: 64 Cavenagh St, Darwin NT 0800, Australia
For Qld seminars, parking is available at several local carparks, the details of which you can see here: http://www.slq.qld.gov.au/visit-us/parking

Can I access public transport to get to PLD?

Yes, Claisebrook station on the Armadale/Thornlie and Midland lines is a short walk from PLD.

I would like to place a book order. How do I order books? Can I order a book over the phone?

All book orders can be processed directly through the web site at www.pld-literacy.org

I would like to book Diana to come out to the school and present? How do I access Diana's fees and dates she is available?

Please contact us and we’ll provide you with further details about booking Diana and the associated costs.

How do I know if I am choosing the correct resources for my Year 1 class?

PLD believes in a very structured approach in order for children to acquire skills. Strong focus is put on scheduling the transition between emergent literacy skills and early literacy skills. Through PLD’s Implementation Process (what to introduce and when to introduce it), a comprehensive map for skill development forms the platform for further educational needs and demands.

Presented are the essential skills for 4 and 5 year olds through to the needs of Year 1 students via a term-by-term model. To help take the guess work out of planning, recommended resources are matched to skill acquisition.

PLD’s Implementation Process outlines a step-by-step process to maximise students’ learning outcomes. It benefits:

  • Those people who have purchased a resource/s and not sure when to start using them or with what other resources to use them with.
  • People wanting to purchase resources that will provide a comprehensive program for achieving age appropriate, skill acquisition.

Do you work outside of the Perth Metropolitan area?

Yes. PLD provides consulting services both nationally and internationally. Please Contact Us for more details.

Does PLD sell wholesale to re-sellers?

PLD welcomes interstate and overseas distributors, but given the competitive nature of the publishing industry, PLD requires:

  • Minimum orders of $2500 (after discount and excluding GST)
  • Freight to be added to the order.
  • Full payment at the time of the initial two orders and thereafter account terms can be negotiated.
  • Distributors to add their own orders into the PLD website (along with a promo-code which will automatically apply the agreed pricing discount to the order).

The initial discount on the recommended retail price is negotiable based on expected sales volumes.

Please submit your enquiry to Diana Rigg on [email protected]

Are your products suitable for home use?

Absolutely. We’ve made a special effort to make our products easy to use so parents can implement a supplemental learning system at home. You can also use our resources as part of a home schooling curriculum.

I would like to place a book order. How do I order books? Can I order a book over the phone?

All book orders can be processed directly through the web site at www.pld-literacy.org

I can’t locate a book on the PLD website?

If you know the product code, enter it in the SEARCH function on the top right hand side of the home page.

Account enquires: Has my account been paid? Can I have a copy of the invoice?

What was the invoice for? I am certain that the account I received a reminder for has been paid. Can you redirect the order to the account manager within the school?

 

Please e-mail the accounts department at PLD on [email protected] and they will be able to assist you with your query.

I don’t have access to the internet. Can I order products from you?

Of course you can order offline. We take orders by FAX, email, and post.

Can I order online for my school?

Yes, we recommend schools use our website for easy and quick service.

Do you deliver outside Australia?

Yes, we do. We use Australia Post to ship our products.

Can you send me an invoice so I can get my accounts department to process the payment?

Absolutely. If you simply select all the products you would like to purchase and go to the Checkout and select ‘School account’, we will e-mail you an invoice which includes our bank account details so you can have your accounts department process the payment.

If you don’t want to complete the order yet, you can select whichever products you want and select ‘Add to wishlist’ and that will allow you to print out a list of all the products along with the total cost, so you can forward that on to your accounts department for their approval prior to placing the actual order.

Can I get a quote so I can get the order approved by my accounts department?

Yes. The best way to do this is to find the products you want to purchase and select ‘Add to wishlist’ for each product. Once you’ve added all the products you want to buy, simply click ‘My Wishlist’ and print out the list and hand it to your accounts department for approval. Alternately, you can even directly share your wishlist by selecting ‘Share’ and then giving the link provided to your accounts department and they’ll be able to access the wishlist themselves.

Once you’re ready to order, simply select all the products in your wishlist and then choose ‘Add to cart’ and they’ll all be moved to your cart and ready for you to checkout and complete the order process.

Get started here: http://pld-literacy.org/request-quote/

Where is nearby parking?

Nib Stadium parking is the easiest parking. It is located on Pier St, Perth.

For WA seminars, refer to the map and details provided at: http://pld-literacy.org/contact-us/
For NT seminars, free parking is available at the venue: 64 Cavenagh St, Darwin NT 0800, Australia
For Qld seminars, parking is available at several local carparks, the details of which you can see here: http://www.slq.qld.gov.au/visit-us/parking

Can I access public transport to get to PLD?

Yes, Claisebrook station on the Armadale/Thornlie and Midland lines is a short walk from PLD.

Do you hold weekend sessions?

Yes, we offer weekend presentations to accommodate school calendars. Dates for all seminars can be found within our Seminars page.

I would like to get the other teachers in my school using the PLD Skills Approach. Can you help me do that?

We recommend a whole school literacy strategy for schools. We are experts on developing and implementing a whole school literacy strategy and can even tailor a program specifically for your school. Please Contact Us for more information.

I don’t have access to a credit card - can you send me an invoice?

As we use Eventbrite for our seminar ticket sales, credit card is the primary payment method available and makes it quick and easy for you to make a purchase and be registered for a seminar immediately. However, if you don’t have access to a credit card (whether a school/work one or a personal one you could use and be reimbursed by your school/employer), then yes we are able to provide you with an invoice so you/your employer/school is able to process the payment and we can then register you for the seminar(s) you wish to attend.
To request an invoice, please e-mail [email protected] with the subject “Seminar invoice request” and copy and paste the below text into the e-mail and complete the details:

Attendee name:

E-mail address:

Contact number:

Position (e.g. teacher):

School:

Seminar title:

Seminar date:

Invoice contact name:

Invoice postal address:

Purchase order number:

Once we receive your request we’ll respond to your e-mail with an invoice.

I can’t find the invoice and need it - how do I get a copy?

Please refer to the instructions here.

Do I need to print out a ticket to bring along with me?

No, there is no need to print out a ticket.

What do I need to bring with me?

Pens, paper or a tablet or computer for taking notes. Also bring along any questions relating to the PLD process and our programs and we’ll be happy to answer them on the day.

How do I get a refund?

Please refer to this link to find out how to request a refund. Please be advised that our refund policy states that cancellations must be notified 7 days prior to event start date, however you may like to transfer to another seminar on a different date

How do I transfer to a different seminar or date?

If you have purchased a ticket and wish to transfer to a different seminar or date, please follow the information provided here.
NOTE: Should you need a PLD staff member to complete the transfer on your behalf or your transfer needs to be completed within 48 hours of the event there is a $20.00 administrative fee.

How do I know if I’m registered for a seminar or not?

You should’ve received an e-mail when you registered for the seminar, so try searching your e-mail for the seminar title or ‘Eventbrite’. If you’re still unable to find this information, feel free to call PLD on (08) 9227 0846 with your name, seminar title and date so we can look up to see if you’re registered or not.
IMPORTANT: We need to know which seminar you may be booked into, otherwise we’re unable to search for your booking.

I haven't received a certificate of attendance for a seminar I attended recently - how can I get one?

Attendance certificates are automatically sent to the registered e-mail address used to purchase the tickets at 5pm on the day of the seminar. If you haven’t received yours, please check your spam folder and if it’s not in there, please check to ensure it was your e-mail address that was used to register for the seminar and if it wasn’t (which is often the case due to school offices often taking care of registrations), please contact the person responsible for the registration as they should’ve received the certificate on the e-mail they used when registered you for the seminar.

If you’re still unable to locate your attendance certificate, please don’t hesitate to contact us and be sure to include the attendee name and seminar date so we can provide you with a copy of the certificate.

How do I access my online course certificate?

Once you have completed any of PLD’s online courses, you will be issued a certificate of completion which is accessible by going to https://pld-literacy-and-learning.thinkific.com/account/certificates.

Even after your access to the course has expired, your certificate will still be accessible via the above link, however we recommend saving a copy for easy access.

What are some alternatives to having Diana conduct a PD at our school?

An option for staff professional learning/development when schools are unable to secure the dates they are seeking or when staff budgets are limited are the PLD Online Courses. The online courses are new to PLD’s offering and throughout 2017, the reviews have been very positive. Staff can view the content online for 3 months and a certificate is awarded at the end of the course.
The online courses provide the information required for implementation, but it is common that a ‘Q and A’ session is scheduled in a staff meeting time or via Skype to answer any outstanding questions.
When implementing the online courses across a school, discounts are provided. This is calculated on the basis of how many people will be accessing the training.
  • How many Kindergarten teachers and assistants?
  • How many Foundation/Pre-Primary teachers and assistants?
  • How many Year 1 and 2 teachers?
  • How many Year 3, 4, 5, 6 teachers?
  • How many assistants require access to the Raising Writing Standards/dictation course?
Typically the recommended courses include: 
EARLY YEARS: Kindergarten training. Ideal for teaching staff and also assistants working within Kindergarten – approximately 3 hours (Video 1: Term 1, Video 2 Term 2, Video 3 Term 3, Video 4 Term 4.)
FOUNDATION: Pre-Primary training:  Ideal for teaching staff and also assistants working within PP – approximately 4 hours.
Year 1 & 2 training:  Ideal for teaching staff and approximately 2 hours of view time.  There is also a likely 2 additional hours of processing their class results. Teachers would be asked prior to the day of viewing, to have administered a spelling test to their class. The online course, is comprised of 5 or 6 20 minute clips. Each clip shows teachers how to mark, how to group, how to start to teach the key areas etc.
 
Year 3-6 training:  Ideal for teaching staff (and approximately 3 hours of view time). Like the junior primary course, teachers will be asked to present a spelling test prior to viewing the course. The online course leads teachers through a process of marking tests, grouping students, selecting spelling words etc.
For education assistants operating within Years 1-6, either of the following courses is recommended:
1.  So that assistants learn to administer small group phonic-based dictation sessions with the lower operating students in the classrooms from which they are operating.
 2. If Year 1 and 2 have students who are unable to read and spell, the following course is recommended:

If you are keen to access a quote, the following information will be required:

How many people will be watching an online course:
  • How many Kindergraten teachers and assistants?
  • How many Foundation/Pre-Primary teachers and assistants?
  • How many Year 1 and 2 teachers?
  • How many Year 3, 4, 5, 6 teachers?
  • How many assistants require access to the Raising Writing Standards/dictation course?
As has been explained, a follow-up session is typically recommended. This enables a forum to answer school specific implementation questions. 
  • Some schools allocate 20 minutes to Kindergarten, 20 minutes to Pre-Primary, 20 minutes to Year 1 and 2, 20 minutes to Years 3-6. In this way, each cluster can seek clarification on any areas covered within the online courses. 

I registered for an online course but meant to register for a colleague/staff member - how can I transfer it over?

Simply contact us with the details you used for your registration and the details of the person who will be undertaking the course and we’ll take care of transferring it over for you.

For how long do I have access to your online courses?

From the day you sign up, you will have full access to all course content for 90 days. All course notes are downloadable in PDF format so you can save these and keep them forever, however video content is only accessible for 90 days from the date you sign up.

If you would like to undertake the course again after the 90 day period has expired, please contact us here and we’ll be happy to provide you with a discount coupon so you can complete the course again at a discounted rate.

Can we complete your online courses in a group environment?

Our online courses are created and licensed for use by an individual only, however if you would like to utilise our courses in a group environment so multiple staff have access to the content, we have recently added licensing options for multiple users. Simply visit our website here and select the course you are interested in and select the number of licenses you would like to purchase based on the number of people who will be utilising the course. Discounts of up to 50% are available depending on the number of licenses required.

If you have any queries about this, please contact us here and we’ll be happy to assist you further.

Is there a discount available if we want to buy the course for all our teachers?

Yes! We work with many schools who want to give many teachers access to our online courses and we’re happy to organise a special discount so you can make our online courses available to as many of your teachers as you would like, all at a discounted rate.

Simply visit our website here and select the course you are interested in and select the number of licenses you would like to purchase based on the number of people who will be utilising the course. Discounts of up to 50% are available depending on the number of licenses required.

If you have any queries about this, please contact us here and we’ll be happy to assist you further.

I want to buy some apps, which ones are the best to start with?

In terms of making an app selection, we suggest that you refer to the following flyer: https://pld-literacy.org/product/pld-eresources-flyer/
  • The Reading Race apps’s develop early decoding (but also will have a positive impact on early spelling).
  • The Spell Star apps (although with a spelling focus) also should assist decoding too.
Within the PLD e-Resources Flyer you will find the following sections:
  • At the base of page 2, the app that can be utilized in the EARLY YEARS/Kindergarten for the advanced students.
  • At the base of page 3, the apps that are ideal for FOUNDATION/Pre-Primary (particularly within Term’s 2, 3 & 4).
  • At the top of page 4, the apps that can used in Year 1. [Please note, within Year 2, it is just the delayed students that the apps are applicable to).
Keep in mind that the Apps follow the ‘Stage 1’ screen:
  • Reading Race 1a and Spell Star 1a – focus upon Stage 1 Target 1 (or 1.1)
  • Reading Race 1b and Spell Star 1b – focus upon Stage 1 Target 2 (or 1.2)
  • Reading Race 1c and Spell Star 1c – focus upon Stage 1 Target 1 (or 1.3)
  • Reading Race 1d and Spell Star 1d – focus upon Stage 1 Target 1 (or 1.4)

 

If you have further questions please don’t hesitate to contact [email protected]

How do I redeem a promo code for iBooks or Apps?

1. On your device, tap iTunes Store, iBooks Store, or App Store.
2. Scroll to the bottom of the Featured section and tap Redeem.
3. Sign in with your Apple ID. Learn what to do if you forgot your Apple ID.
4. Tap “You can also enter your code manually.” In some countries and regions, you can redeem gift cards using your built-in camera.
5. Enter the code from the back of the card and press ‘Redeem’
The app or eBooks should begin downloading to your device immediately.

For more information, please go to https://support.apple.com/en-au/HT201209

I can't locate your apps/app bundles in the App Store/Google Play

We have a suite of apps for sale on the App Store (for iPhone/iPad) and Google Play (for Android), however due to the different ways Apple and Google handle them, they are sometime hard to locate, so hopefully this helps:

Android: All of our Android apps can be found on our developer page here: https://play.google.com/store/apps/dev?id=8983864876496250806

iOS: All of our iOS apps and bundles can be found on our developer page here: https://itunes.apple.com/au/developer/pld-organisation-pty.-ltd./id858864054

 

Bundles for iOS can be found on the follow links:

Literacy and Learning Mega Bundle: https://itunes.apple.com/au/app-bundle/id1069238819?mt=8

Reading Race Mega Bundle: https://itunes.apple.com/au/app-bundle/id1069236312?mt=8

Spell Star Mega Bundle: https://itunes.apple.com/au/app-bundle/id1000993512?mt=8

2 Player Reading Bundle: https://itunes.apple.com/au/app-bundle/id1131977689?mt=8

 

Note: App bundles are not available as part of the VPP (Volume Purchasing Program) as they are already heavily discounted and Apple doesn’t allow already discounted bundles to be purchased via the VPP.

Why can't I buy your app bundles via the VPP (volume purchasing program)?

The VPP is administered by Apple and we have no control over the functionality of what it can and can’t do. Unfortunately, as of September 2016, they don’t allow app bundles to be included in the VPP, therefore the 50% discount enjoyed by schools doesn’t apply to app bundles, probably due to the fact bundles are usually already discounted and this would essentially be double-dipping.

Having said that, if you’re wanting to download our apps for use on devices in your school, depending on how many you are planning on ordering, there is a way we can make the apps available to you at a special discounted price through the VPP. This will allow you to purchase the apps at a special rate even lower than the bundle price. If you would like to take advantage of this offer, please contact us with details of how many apps and how many licenses of each you would like to purchase and we’ll be happy to arrange special discount pricing for you.

How do I redeem a promo code for iBooks or Apps?

1. On your device, tap iTunes Store, iBooks Store, or App Store.
2. Scroll to the bottom of the Featured section and tap Redeem.
3. Sign in with your Apple ID. Learn what to do if you forgot your Apple ID.
4. Tap “You can also enter your code manually.” In some countries and regions, you can redeem gift cards using your built-in camera.
5. Enter the code from the back of the card and press ‘Redeem’
The app or eBooks should begin downloading to your device immediately.

For more information, please go to https://support.apple.com/en-au/HT201209

How can I use eBooks on a projector/smartboard/TV?

Our range of eBooks are currently available on iBooks (for iPads and iPhones) and connecting an iPad to a large screen device like a smartboard or TV can be done in a variety of ways, including:

  1. Apple TV: Swiping up on the iPad to view the Control Centre and select the desired Apple TV will allow you to mirror your device on any TV, projector or other device connected to your Apple TV.
  2. Smartboard/Electronic whiteboard: Some smartboards support Apple AirPlay which allows screen mirroring. To activate this, swipe up from the bottom of the iPad screen to find the AirPlay button and select the desired device to use for the screen mirroring.
  3. TV or computer: Using AirServer, users can mirror the device onto a variety of other devices including PC and Mac computers, and connecting these to a projector or TV via HDMI (or other cable like RGB or DVI) can allow mirroring of the device onto the screen of your choice.

 

Here are some resources with further information about how to utilise this functionality to view the eBooks on various devices.

AirPlay: https://support.apple.com/en-au/HT204289

AirServer: https://www.airserver.com/

Connecting an iPad to a Smartboard: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ai1g9ho6xaU

Why can't I print the pages of my eBook?

The eBooks are for TEACHING/instructing small groups or whole class groups. None of the ebooks are designed for printing and follow up activities. PLD’s eBook range supports adult lead explicit instruction sessions.

What are some alternatives to having Diana conduct a PD at our school?

An option for staff professional learning/development when schools are unable to secure the dates they are seeking or when staff budgets are limited are the PLD Online Courses. The online courses are new to PLD’s offering and throughout 2017, the reviews have been very positive. Staff can view the content online for 3 months and a certificate is awarded at the end of the course.
The online courses provide the information required for implementation, but it is common that a ‘Q and A’ session is scheduled in a staff meeting time or via Skype to answer any outstanding questions.
When implementing the online courses across a school, discounts are provided. This is calculated on the basis of how many people will be accessing the training.
  • How many Kindergarten teachers and assistants?
  • How many Foundation/Pre-Primary teachers and assistants?
  • How many Year 1 and 2 teachers?
  • How many Year 3, 4, 5, 6 teachers?
  • How many assistants require access to the Raising Writing Standards/dictation course?
Typically the recommended courses include: 
EARLY YEARS: Kindergarten training. Ideal for teaching staff and also assistants working within Kindergarten – approximately 3 hours (Video 1: Term 1, Video 2 Term 2, Video 3 Term 3, Video 4 Term 4.)
FOUNDATION: Pre-Primary training:  Ideal for teaching staff and also assistants working within PP – approximately 4 hours.
Year 1 & 2 training:  Ideal for teaching staff and approximately 2 hours of view time.  There is also a likely 2 additional hours of processing their class results. Teachers would be asked prior to the day of viewing, to have administered a spelling test to their class. The online course, is comprised of 5 or 6 20 minute clips. Each clip shows teachers how to mark, how to group, how to start to teach the key areas etc.
 
Year 3-6 training:  Ideal for teaching staff (and approximately 3 hours of view time). Like the junior primary course, teachers will be asked to present a spelling test prior to viewing the course. The online course leads teachers through a process of marking tests, grouping students, selecting spelling words etc.
For education assistants operating within Years 1-6, either of the following courses is recommended:
1.  So that assistants learn to administer small group phonic-based dictation sessions with the lower operating students in the classrooms from which they are operating.
 2. If Year 1 and 2 have students who are unable to read and spell, the following course is recommended:

If you are keen to access a quote, the following information will be required:

How many people will be watching an online course:
  • How many Kindergraten teachers and assistants?
  • How many Foundation/Pre-Primary teachers and assistants?
  • How many Year 1 and 2 teachers?
  • How many Year 3, 4, 5, 6 teachers?
  • How many assistants require access to the Raising Writing Standards/dictation course?
As has been explained, a follow-up session is typically recommended. This enables a forum to answer school specific implementation questions. 
  • Some schools allocate 20 minutes to Kindergarten, 20 minutes to Pre-Primary, 20 minutes to Year 1 and 2, 20 minutes to Years 3-6. In this way, each cluster can seek clarification on any areas covered within the online courses. 

When marking a spelling test, how would you mark words in which students who may have misspelled a word, however, they have demonstrated their understanding of the focus phoneme/grapheme. For example: ‘dolphen’. The focus is ‘ph’ as f, however the student has used e instead of i? Is the incorrect spelling correct or incorrect?

Words are either spelled correctly or incorrectly. There really isn’t grey area.
If a child attempts the word ‘toast’ but spells it as tosttoat, toastoats or oast…  all of these are attempts are incorrect and would be scored incorrect in the PLD Placement Test, but also in tests such as the South Australian Spelling Test.
In some of the examples listed the application of the key phonic concept (e.g. óa’) was correct but the other letters were incorrect within the word. To spell a word correctly students must apply the essential pattern along with the other components within the word as a whole.
Teacher judgement always comes into the process. Some students you can determine their levels on the basis of their percentage scores. But for others, teachers may say because they are borderline students (and almost at the required 85%) that teacher judgement prevails. Sometimes teachers will decide that students need to be held back to further consolidate their skills and for other students that they should progress on to the next level.
In every class, when marking spelling tests, there are students that are straight forward and clear to mark, assess and plan for. There are also typically a small group of students that are not straight forward for whom teacher judgement prevails.

We are having a parent workshop, do you have any suggestions of content we can use?

PLD recommends parent education so that home and school can work in partnership to maximise the learning outcomes of students.

  1. The following list of clips are designed to either be embedded within e-newsletters or viewed within parent education workshops/sessions.
  2. There between 10 and 15 downloads for each age range that focus on pencil grip, cutting skills, motor development, news-telling, semantics, comprehension, picture books etc. These are easily located within the DOWNLOADS tab of each age range. if you have difficulties locating the milestone sheets, do contact the PLD office: [email protected]
Pre-School:
There are also MANY downloads available on the PLD website: https://pld-literacy.org/product/early-years-language-literacy-motor-milestones/
Kindergarten/PreSchool: 
There are also MANY downloads available on the PLD website: https://pld-literacy.org/product/early-years-language-literacy-motor-milestones/
Foundation: (Pre-Primary WA, Preparatory:  QLD, Vic, Tas, Reception SA, Kindergarten NSW, ACT)
There are also MANY downloads available on the PLD website: https://pld-literacy.org/product/foundation-year-language-literacy-motor-milestones/
Year 1 & 2:
There are also MANY downloads available on the PLD website: https://pld-literacy.org/product/year-12-language-literacy-motor-milestones/

Where can I request the spreadsheets for collating data mentioned in Phonic Sight Word Sequence?

You can request the spreadsheets at [email protected].  These sheets can be adapted to suit the school’s needs and internal processes.

If you require additional support we suggest that you investigate the short online courses we have on offer. They can be viewed by individuals or small or large groups.

http://pld-literacy-and-learning.thinkific.com/

If you have further questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us at PLD.

Why does PLD’s Alphabet Range emphasize alphabet sounds and not letter names?

Most curriculum documents will state that both, alphabet sounds and letter names, must be developed. It is ideal for a child to acquire knowledge of both but alphabet sound recall is more important. PLD suggests spending 80% of the time on instructing the alphabet sounds with the remaining time then used for instructing letter names. Why? To read the word ‘wet’, a child needs to verbalise the sounds ‘w’, ‘e’ and ‘t’ and then blend the sounds together. To write the word ‘run’, a child needs to sound out ‘r’, ‘u’ and ‘n’ and then write the symbols. It is the sounds rather than letter names that are used in this process.

My child has been referred to an occupational therapist. What does that have to do with literacy?

Literacy is a lot more than reading or writing. It sounds like your child may need help with Perceptual Motor Skills. If your child is having trouble gripping a pencil or forming letters, it can have a long term impact on their literacy. Visit our Skills Approach Definitions page for more information.

Can you help me understand the developmental milestones my child should be achieving?

Yes, we have specific information and downloads under each age range on our home page.  Choose your age range and then select the ‘Downloads’ tabs to view and print any number of our milestone information sheets.

 

 

What are some alternatives to having Diana conduct a PD at our school?

An option for staff professional learning/development when schools are unable to secure the dates they are seeking or when staff budgets are limited are the PLD Online Courses. The online courses are new to PLD’s offering and throughout 2017, the reviews have been very positive. Staff can view the content online for 3 months and a certificate is awarded at the end of the course.
The online courses provide the information required for implementation, but it is common that a ‘Q and A’ session is scheduled in a staff meeting time or via Skype to answer any outstanding questions.
When implementing the online courses across a school, discounts are provided. This is calculated on the basis of how many people will be accessing the training.
  • How many Kindergarten teachers and assistants?
  • How many Foundation/Pre-Primary teachers and assistants?
  • How many Year 1 and 2 teachers?
  • How many Year 3, 4, 5, 6 teachers?
  • How many assistants require access to the Raising Writing Standards/dictation course?
Typically the recommended courses include: 
EARLY YEARS: Kindergarten training. Ideal for teaching staff and also assistants working within Kindergarten – approximately 3 hours (Video 1: Term 1, Video 2 Term 2, Video 3 Term 3, Video 4 Term 4.)
FOUNDATION: Pre-Primary training:  Ideal for teaching staff and also assistants working within PP – approximately 4 hours.
Year 1 & 2 training:  Ideal for teaching staff and approximately 2 hours of view time.  There is also a likely 2 additional hours of processing their class results. Teachers would be asked prior to the day of viewing, to have administered a spelling test to their class. The online course, is comprised of 5 or 6 20 minute clips. Each clip shows teachers how to mark, how to group, how to start to teach the key areas etc.
 
Year 3-6 training:  Ideal for teaching staff (and approximately 3 hours of view time). Like the junior primary course, teachers will be asked to present a spelling test prior to viewing the course. The online course leads teachers through a process of marking tests, grouping students, selecting spelling words etc.
For education assistants operating within Years 1-6, either of the following courses is recommended:
1.  So that assistants learn to administer small group phonic-based dictation sessions with the lower operating students in the classrooms from which they are operating.
 2. If Year 1 and 2 have students who are unable to read and spell, the following course is recommended:

If you are keen to access a quote, the following information will be required:

How many people will be watching an online course:
  • How many Kindergraten teachers and assistants?
  • How many Foundation/Pre-Primary teachers and assistants?
  • How many Year 1 and 2 teachers?
  • How many Year 3, 4, 5, 6 teachers?
  • How many assistants require access to the Raising Writing Standards/dictation course?
As has been explained, a follow-up session is typically recommended. This enables a forum to answer school specific implementation questions. 
  • Some schools allocate 20 minutes to Kindergarten, 20 minutes to Pre-Primary, 20 minutes to Year 1 and 2, 20 minutes to Years 3-6. In this way, each cluster can seek clarification on any areas covered within the online courses. 

We are having a parent workshop, do you have any suggestions of content we can use?

PLD recommends parent education so that home and school can work in partnership to maximise the learning outcomes of students.

  1. The following list of clips are designed to either be embedded within e-newsletters or viewed within parent education workshops/sessions.
  2. There between 10 and 15 downloads for each age range that focus on pencil grip, cutting skills, motor development, news-telling, semantics, comprehension, picture books etc. These are easily located within the DOWNLOADS tab of each age range. if you have difficulties locating the milestone sheets, do contact the PLD office: [email protected]
Pre-School:
There are also MANY downloads available on the PLD website: https://pld-literacy.org/product/early-years-language-literacy-motor-milestones/
Kindergarten/PreSchool: 
There are also MANY downloads available on the PLD website: https://pld-literacy.org/product/early-years-language-literacy-motor-milestones/
Foundation: (Pre-Primary WA, Preparatory:  QLD, Vic, Tas, Reception SA, Kindergarten NSW, ACT)
There are also MANY downloads available on the PLD website: https://pld-literacy.org/product/foundation-year-language-literacy-motor-milestones/
Year 1 & 2:
There are also MANY downloads available on the PLD website: https://pld-literacy.org/product/year-12-language-literacy-motor-milestones/

My child has been referred to an occupational therapist. What does that have to do with literacy?

Literacy is a lot more than reading or writing. It sounds like your child may need help with Perceptual Motor Skills. If your child is having trouble gripping a pencil or forming letters, it can have a long term impact on their literacy. Visit our Skills Approach Definitions page for more information.

Can you help me understand the developmental milestones my child should be achieving?

Yes, we have specific information and downloads under each age range on our home page.  Choose your age range and then select the ‘Downloads’ tabs to view and print any number of our milestone information sheets.

 

 

What are some alternatives to having Diana conduct a PD at our school?

An option for staff professional learning/development when schools are unable to secure the dates they are seeking or when staff budgets are limited are the PLD Online Courses. The online courses are new to PLD’s offering and throughout 2017, the reviews have been very positive. Staff can view the content online for 3 months and a certificate is awarded at the end of the course.
The online courses provide the information required for implementation, but it is common that a ‘Q and A’ session is scheduled in a staff meeting time or via Skype to answer any outstanding questions.
When implementing the online courses across a school, discounts are provided. This is calculated on the basis of how many people will be accessing the training.
  • How many Kindergarten teachers and assistants?
  • How many Foundation/Pre-Primary teachers and assistants?
  • How many Year 1 and 2 teachers?
  • How many Year 3, 4, 5, 6 teachers?
  • How many assistants require access to the Raising Writing Standards/dictation course?
Typically the recommended courses include: 
EARLY YEARS: Kindergarten training. Ideal for teaching staff and also assistants working within Kindergarten – approximately 3 hours (Video 1: Term 1, Video 2 Term 2, Video 3 Term 3, Video 4 Term 4.)
FOUNDATION: Pre-Primary training:  Ideal for teaching staff and also assistants working within PP – approximately 4 hours.
Year 1 & 2 training:  Ideal for teaching staff and approximately 2 hours of view time.  There is also a likely 2 additional hours of processing their class results. Teachers would be asked prior to the day of viewing, to have administered a spelling test to their class. The online course, is comprised of 5 or 6 20 minute clips. Each clip shows teachers how to mark, how to group, how to start to teach the key areas etc.
 
Year 3-6 training:  Ideal for teaching staff (and approximately 3 hours of view time). Like the junior primary course, teachers will be asked to present a spelling test prior to viewing the course. The online course leads teachers through a process of marking tests, grouping students, selecting spelling words etc.
For education assistants operating within Years 1-6, either of the following courses is recommended:
1.  So that assistants learn to administer small group phonic-based dictation sessions with the lower operating students in the classrooms from which they are operating.
 2. If Year 1 and 2 have students who are unable to read and spell, the following course is recommended:

If you are keen to access a quote, the following information will be required:

How many people will be watching an online course:
  • How many Kindergraten teachers and assistants?
  • How many Foundation/Pre-Primary teachers and assistants?
  • How many Year 1 and 2 teachers?
  • How many Year 3, 4, 5, 6 teachers?
  • How many assistants require access to the Raising Writing Standards/dictation course?
As has been explained, a follow-up session is typically recommended. This enables a forum to answer school specific implementation questions. 
  • Some schools allocate 20 minutes to Kindergarten, 20 minutes to Pre-Primary, 20 minutes to Year 1 and 2, 20 minutes to Years 3-6. In this way, each cluster can seek clarification on any areas covered within the online courses. 

Does a child/student require a speech and language pathology referral?

Concerns within any of the following areas support the need for a speech pathologist to be involved with a child’s development of skills:

  • receptive language (understanding or comprehension)
  • expressive language (oral language)
  • attention
  • literacy skills
  • speech
  • social skills

 

The following basic questionnaire is very useful. It identifies areas which support the need for a referral:

https://pld-literacy.org/product/observations-of-a-student-to-accompany-a-referral-to-a-sp/

 

In terms of ‘speech or articulation’ the PLD articulation or speech sound production screen will also identify if students require speech pathology services. It can be found here:

https://pld-literacy.org/product/screen-of-speech-development/

The government funded system is limited, particularly when children are over 6 years of age. Often parents are faced with a long wait period for a limited government funded service or the need to investigate private services. As a child ages, often schools are faced with attempting to cater for students who clearly require specialist support.

We are having a parent workshop, do you have any suggestions of content we can use?

PLD recommends parent education so that home and school can work in partnership to maximise the learning outcomes of students.

  1. The following list of clips are designed to either be embedded within e-newsletters or viewed within parent education workshops/sessions.
  2. There between 10 and 15 downloads for each age range that focus on pencil grip, cutting skills, motor development, news-telling, semantics, comprehension, picture books etc. These are easily located within the DOWNLOADS tab of each age range. if you have difficulties locating the milestone sheets, do contact the PLD office: [email protected]iteracy.org
Pre-School:
There are also MANY downloads available on the PLD website: https://pld-literacy.org/product/early-years-language-literacy-motor-milestones/
Kindergarten/PreSchool: 
There are also MANY downloads available on the PLD website: https://pld-literacy.org/product/early-years-language-literacy-motor-milestones/
Foundation: (Pre-Primary WA, Preparatory:  QLD, Vic, Tas, Reception SA, Kindergarten NSW, ACT)
There are also MANY downloads available on the PLD website: https://pld-literacy.org/product/foundation-year-language-literacy-motor-milestones/
Year 1 & 2:
There are also MANY downloads available on the PLD website: https://pld-literacy.org/product/year-12-language-literacy-motor-milestones/

Can you help me understand the developmental milestones my child should be achieving?

Yes, we have specific information and downloads under each age range on our home page.  Choose your age range and then select the ‘Downloads’ tabs to view and print any number of our milestone information sheets.