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Tanja mcilroy

Hi, I’m Tanja.

I’m a former teacher and now full-time blogger.

I have taught various grades over the past years, but my passion is working with younger children. I believe the grades from preschool up to 3 are the most important years to lay a solid foundation.

What children learn during these important years forms the basis of their entire schooling career.

This blog is 100% for parents, to give them as much inside information as possible, from my perspective inside the classroom.

Why I started this website:

Over the years, I have listened to parents sit in my meetings and say the same things over and over…

  • How can I help my child with this?
  • Can I do anything extra at home?
  • What more can I do?
  • I’m not sure how to teach them that?
  • Should I sign up for such-and-such programme?

…and the message I’ve understood is this…

Parents are dying to help their children, especially in their areas of difficulty. They don’t want to send their kids to school every day, hope for the best and take them out of school 12 years later.

Even if their children are receiving a good education, they still want to feel they are teaching them things, helping them when they struggle and making a difference.


Because every being in the animal kingdom raises and teaches their own children by nature. Our society has changed and we now have institutions called schools, but that doesn’t mean parents are unqualified to educate their children. They just need the right guidance, to achieve the best results.

Parents, teachers and schools should always be working together in the best interests of their children.

The reason I have started this blog is to share as much of the experience and information I have gained about children and how they learn.

I’d like to answer questions such as…

  • How do children learn to read?
  • How can I  help my child succeed at school?
  • How can I help my child improve their mathematical ability?
  • Is my child concentrating appropriately for their age?
  • etc, etc….

I hope to answer as many of these questions as possible so that your child’s life at school is not a mystery and you can understand and appreciate the teacher’s hard work, as well as your supportive role.

This blog is also for those homeschooling parents who need some inspiration and some reassurance that they are on the right track.

Your questions and comments are always welcome. Email me at if you have any questions and please share my articles so that other parents can benefit too.

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