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Do you teach children in their first three years of school?
Do you spend hours searching for or making teaching resources to use with your class?
Wish you had more time for other things?
Then let readilearn lighten your workload by doing some of the hard work for you.

 

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New resources added almost every week!

readilearn resources are designed for use with learners of about 5 to 7 years of age in their first three years of school. Teachers  choose and use resources appropriate to their students’ needs.

Resources are also suited for use with students in the same age group who are being home educated, or for learners of all ages who are learning English as a second or other language, as well as for older children requiring additional support.

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Norah Colvin founder of readilearn

Hi, I’m Norah Colvin, founder of readilearn. Before readilearn, I was a teacher; probably for more years than I wish to reveal, but let’s say, quite a few. I’ve been a classroom teacher, full-time and part-time, of single-age groups and multi-age groups; I’ve been a resource remedial teacher and a home educating parent; I’ve been a curriculum writer for the Education Department, and a freelance educational author; I’ve run educational sessions for parents and their children of before-school age; I studied literacy development and ran sessions for parents on how they could help their children read.

Beliefs

Education is my passion, especially the education of young children. Children are our future. We need to nurture our children in ways that will help them create the future we want it to be. I advocate for curiosity and creativity, encourage questioning and critical thinking, and value diversity, tolerance and compassion. I believe that classrooms should be supportive, fun, connect with children’s lives, and provide learning opportunities that are meaningful and relevant.

Many of the resources in the readilearn collection are ones I made for use in my own classroom. Others I wish I’d had, especially the interactives. They are designed to support you in your role with lessons that are ready to teach (readilessons) and activities that are designed to progress children’s learning, not just keep them busy.

Why readilearn?

The word is made of three components that I believe are the foundation of education:

  • empowerment through reading
  • life-long learning
  • with the focus on the individual learner.

readilearn enables me to combine my passions for education, creativity and writing. I’d be delighted to receive your feedback about existing resources as well as suggestions for additional resources.

Let me know what you need, and I’ll do my best to make it for you.

Norah’s educational publications include:

Poetry

Education is . . . Linkletter, Meanjin Reading Association, 1983

Articles

The Bionic Man – Cloze with a difference in Reading Around, Australian Reading Association, 1981  

Baby’s Play Mat, Have Fun Will Travel, Australian Women’s Weekly, 1990

To School or not to School, Classroom Magazine, Ashton Scholastic, 1993

Materials to support educational software

Discovering Bush Rescue, Jacaranda Press, Brisbane, 1989

Kraken, Jacaranda Software, Brisbane, 1989 (click for Kraken reviews)

Vegetable Patch, Jacaranda Software, Brisbane, 1990

Fleetfoot Express, Jacaranda Software, Brisbane, 1992  

Clockwise, Jacaranda Software, Brisbane, 1992  

The Land of Um, Greygum Software, Brisbane, 1995 (Republished in UK by topologika software as Scally’s World of Problems; now also available in the App Store as The Land of Um.)

Saltwater Crocodiles (for the Spinout Stories) Greygum Software, Brisbane, 2002

English and Maths Skills

Writing Skills Years 3 – 4, Excel Basic Skills Series, Pascal Press, 2000  

Writing Skills Years 5 – 6, Excel Basic Skills Series, Pascal Press, 2000  

English Action  6, Oz Educational, Macmillan, 2001

English Focus on Text Level 5, Macmillan, 2001  

Ausmaths 4 Teacher’s Resource Book WA, Oz Education, 2002

Ausmaths 5 Teacher’s Resource Book WA, Oz Education, 2002

Literacy Teaching Notes for Real World Maths Book Just for Fun, Mimosa Shortland, 2000

Employment as a writer

Norah was employed by Education Queensland to write unit plans and overviews, lesson plans, and teaching and learning resources to support implementation of the Australian Science Curriculum, mainly for years one and two from 2012 until 2015.

She was previously employed by Education Queensland for two brief writing projects in the mid-nineties; one involved writing maths and literacy materials for years one and two, and the other involved writing a support package for parents.  

Fiction Writing

A selection of Norah’s flash fiction stories is published in The Congress of Rough Writers Flash Fiction Anthology Vol. 1, to which Norah also contributed a chapter Building Community with Flash Fiction.

She is a member of 

  • The Australian Literacy Educators’ Association
  • Queensland Writers Association
  • Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators
  • Book Links

Current Writing

Norah now writes teaching resources to share in the readilearn collection. In her spare time she reads and dabbles in fiction writing.

Commendations for Norah as a teacher and writer

Her ability to teach literacy and instil a joy of literacy into everyone in her class was amazing. Her creativity was very special.

She really looked for different ways to help children enjoy school and was a keen advocate for hands-on learning experiences.

She was always positive with her students and her classrooms were always full of children’s work. Her classroom was always fabulous.

Her ability to teach a love of learning was evident every year. She utilised many different strategies including poetry and music into her lessons and the children responded.

She was always here until dark and always at school early. She was continually making resources and planning so that her students received the very best she could offer. Vanette T. — Deputy-Principal

It has been a pleasure to work with Norah. Norah has always engaged enthusiastically with multi-level and endeavoured to ensure all materials and resources were appropriate and of the highest quality for students and teachers. Janelle M. —Teacher/Writer

As a professional, Norah was one of the most creative and innovative teachers I have had the pleasure to work with. She had a real skill in developing lessons where children could show their real abilities and go beyond where they thought they could. Her passion for using great literature, mixing it with technology and combining this with her own writing skills made for a fantastic learning environment for the children in her class. The children were motivated to be creative, be challenged and dare I say it, have fun! Liz W. —Teacher

Thank you very much for the opportunity to experience and share in the joy of your class this year. I learn so much from every class I visit, and I have found my encounter with your class an enrichening and rewarding experience. Toni F. — Head of Curriculum

Thank you so much for being such a wonderful teacher for M. We appreciate all that you do for M. and all the class. Thank you for the way you have given M. such individual attention. You know her and know exactly how to extend her — for all of this we are extremely grateful. I. and J. —Parents

I can’t put into words how to thank you enough for all of your wonderful work you have done with our children this year, especially of course most important to myself, H. You have made it obvious that teaching is not just your job but your passion as well with all of the little extra things you do to make your students’ first year of school extra special. To see H. go from not wanting to come to school at all to telling me that ‘I just love Mrs Colvin, Mum,’ must show you just how much of an impact you have. From the extra words of support and encouragement, the notes and gifts at the beginning and end of each term and the time you took in helping us overcome our learning hurdles you have taken that extra step to make you an extra special person and for that you should be proud. Kerrie N. — Parent

Dear Mrs Colvin, you are the best teacher in the world. From you student Zara! Zara C. — Student

readilearn resources include

  • digital interactive stories and lessons
  • estories (digital stories)
  • open-ended problem solving activities
  • readilessons (lessons ready to teach)
  • printable activities
  • teaching suggestions
  • notes for distribution to parents
  • and much much more!

Check out the blog, published every Friday, for

  • education updates
  • teaching ideas
  • suggestions for using existing resources
  • explanations of new resources

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