Nicole Collier Profile

Nicole Collier I was born in Peru and did my schooling at international schools in Peru and Chile. I completed my Bachelor of Arts majoring in English Literature at McGill University in Montreal, Canada and then a Graduate Diploma of Education at UWA. I started working here at Smart Achievers in 2016 and have loved helping students achieve their goals. Julie has taught me a…

Julie Bradley acknowledged for her advice and guidance on a new teaching resource.

Julie Bradley acknowledged for her advice and guidance on a new teaching resource.     Congratulations to Sheena Cameron and Louise Dempsey and thank you for the acknowledgment. I’m sure The Reading Book will be as popular as The Writing Book and The Oral Language Book, also written by the same authors. The Reading Book is a comprehensive guide to teaching reading. It contains research-based information…

Lexia Core 5 aims to get students to level within a year

Lexia Core 5 aims to get students to level within a year. Lexia Core 5 sets itself to a child’s level of understanding. They will be allocated 5 skills to work on at each level. See the skills related to the level they are currently working on here…Lexia Core 5 scope and sequence. Lexia Core 5 aims to get students to level in reading within…

Can your child hear the teacher?

Tympanogram tests for eardrum function. If the test results in a perfect bell curve, it means that the eardrum is functioning and therefore that the child’s hearing is currently ok. If the test doesn’t show a bell curve then there may be a problem with the eardrum and hearing may be compromised. This may simply be fluid in the ear causing pressure on the drum.…

Pen Grip Troubles?

Several of our students have trouble with their pencil grip. The most common issue I find at the moment is that they grasp the pencil too tightly.  When they have white knuckles they tire quickly, writing becomes less legible and they become frustrated easily. Here are a few photos that show how the pencil should be held, with a little homemade device to assist. Thanks…

Lexia Core 5 Levels and how they correlate to the Australian Primary School Year Levels.

Do you know what level your child has reached in Lexia Core 5? Are they at level yet? The Lexia Core 5 program is a valuable tool for boosting your child’s English skills in addition to the work they do here at Smart Achievers. It is relevant for all children in primary school. We encourage students to spend the recommended amount of time (set by…

Recent Advances in Understanding Word-Level Reading Problems: Assessment and Highly Effective Intervention

Dr. David Kilpatrick’s National Tour. Nicole attended Dr. David Kilpatrick’s National Tour organized by LDA. Dr. Kilpatrick presented on ‘Recent Advances in Understanding Word-Level Reading Problems: Assessment and Highly Effective Intervention’. Julie and Nicole are currently reading through and summarising interesting and important information to share with parents. We will share snippets of information with you over the next few weeks. In summary… Dr. David…

Where to get your VISION checked in WA

Unfortunately, there are only a few Accredited Fellows of the ACBO (Australian College of Behavioural Optometrists) in WA, and they are all in Perth. Accredited Fellows of ACBO are:   Bassendean Optical – Michael Doyle – 9377 2811 (6 West Rd Bassendean) Bull Creek Optometrist -Gary Crerie – 9332 7222 (Suite 1/78 Calley Dve Leeming) For Eyes Fremantle – Adrian Rossiter – 9335 3433 (158 High St…

Behavioural Optometry; Set Your Sights Higher

Seeing is a more complicated process than we usually think. A good vision test includes sharpness of sight near and far; an ability to aim and focus the eyes properly (especially for near vision tasks such as reading and computers); the ability to sustain focus for long periods of time (for reading and computers); tracking eye movements (for reading fluency and accuracy); processing of the…