Teaching Treasures™ How To guide


The How To guide of the Teaching Tools

Large amounts of money is spent on educational books, many sit idle or deteriorate over time with repeated use. Due to technological advances many books can now be printed from electronic media or directly from the Internet, saving you storage space, money and time. Clean, clear worksheets can be purchased and printed directly from your PC. No more smudged, torn or crumpled copies from the deep, dark, depths of your archived materials. The interactivities can be used many times over unlike a hard copy. Simply activate the activities from a desktop via the Internet and watch students learn, gaining more time to attend to other matters. The Teaching Treasures web site is encyclopedic in size and ideal if you teach students across a wide age range. The material can be used as a supplementary resource or as a stand-alone teaching tool. It is provided as a dedicated service to all homeschool parents and teachers.

Literally thousands of cross curricula worksheets with answer keys and supplementary notes which are located in the professional worksheet area for home educators, and Public and Private Schools. Interactivities include art, mathematics, English, science, general knowledge, mapping and numerous flashcards for ages four upwards.

This deluxe ABC’s kit is different than your usual syllabus, containing 72 comprehensive lessons covering letter recognition, lower and upper case worksheets and interactivities. Cursive letter writing is introduced immediately, which is in stark contrast to the basic 'printed' letters. If you feel up to the challenge and you believe your student is capable of attaining the high standard set out in this ABC’s kit, then try it. With your patience, perseverance and your daily enthusiastic input, your young student will achieve the goals you set out for him or her. If you feel that the cursive letters are difficult or inappropriate for your student you can choose the 'alternative letter' instead. The ABC’s kit was written for 5½ - 6½ year old children. It can be used as a stand-alone teaching tool for those who wish to teach their child to read and write at home, as a supplementary resource for students who are not coping well at school or for those who would like more advanced tutoring materials. The 35 letter sounds and numbers are ordered for best results. However ... if you know of a better sequence you feel is much better, then you can easily adapt the lessons to suit your teaching style... that is the advantage of this resource. It is fully adaptable and can be integrated in any existing curriculum.

Four main methods used to teach children how to read are also explained. This is a guide for parents, if you wish to teach your child to read you must work out which methods suit you and your child. You may like to try each one for a few weeks and record the results or you can combine two or more methods together like the ‘phonics’ and the 'look and say' method. Whichever way you choose, be patient, consistent and above all creative. Creativity is very important to keep any child's interest and enthusiasm. If you are not sure what you should be teaching at each level, check out the Year Guide 4 Parents.

Students who suffer from dyslexia struggle with learning to read and spell, affecting their confidence in some learning areas, people often compare them with others their own age. Their problem can be made worse by people who do not understand the condition and believe these students are lazy, unwilling to learn or plain stupid, which of course is not correct. A great deal of research has been done over the years and there is online help available from various professional sources for those who wish to take advantage of this. Dyslexic students need special attention and care with a structured program used daily. If your student suffers from a mild form of dyslexia good teaching methods will improve their learning abilities. If you have a student with a severe case of dyslexia it will take time to resolve and you will need to be patient and understanding. The Teaching Treasures web site provides a huge potential for students with dyslexia, it is easy to select up or down one level, the programs don’t talk down to the student, it encourages improvement in reading, spelling and comprehension skills, and focuses on the educational content rather than the usual ‘gaming’ content of many software programs designed for educational purposes. Games can frustrate dyslexic students and should be used occasionally and not as a daily teaching tool. Our main focus is learning... not playing.

Worksheets, Interactivities, Art Ideas   ages 5-13

Several selected art ideas are gathered in this area. Three animated graphics deal with colour and colour mixing. These graphics show students how colours are mixed to make new colours, flash cards provide excellent reading material and a computer based activity covers reading, comprehension and spelling. A wonderful area with printable art borders can be utilized to provide students of all ages with the materials needed to stimulate creativity in drawing or writing. Here you will find general borders, bear borders and seasonal borders. Another area is the Aboriginal art, which is very popular in Australia and many other parts of the world. By following this project students will learn and benefit from Australian Aboriginal culture and their unique art. If students can learn to draw a few geometrical shapes like cubes, cylinders, spheres and cones, they can learn to draw almost anything. Great artists aren’t born every day but it's surprising what they can achieve if they set their minds to it.

Learning to draw what one sees gives the joy of achievement in art. Drawing is logical and the ability to draw what one sees is a simple, logical process. Students have to develop their observation skills. This means that they must observe their surroundings, learn how to measure height, width and proportions in their mind so they can learn the elements of perspective which will help them draw objects that will look three-dimensional. The Joy of Drawing area comprises of 16 simple lessons. Each lesson shows a graphic, what materials are needed and what to do. The introduction page deals with art materials needed and some excellent tips. Simply follow one lesson a week to obtain maximum benefit from this art activity. Adapt each lesson to suit the age group you are teaching.

Worksheets, Interactivities, Grammar Course  ages 5 - 13

From this area you can select Worksheets, Interactivities or a Grammar Course. Each area is unique with the worksheet area providing basic worksheets which do not contain answer keys or teacher notes except for some of the upper level. The interactivities are colourful and highly recommended as an English reading, writing, spelling and comprehension resource. Crossword puzzles, homophones, antonyms, gender recognition, singular and plural are just some of the computer based activities found in this area. Each activity checks student's work and will mark accordingly. The upper level also contains a highly recommended interactive flash card which teaches students how to read and write numbers, providing a cross curricula activity. Each level also allows access to the Grammar Course Bridging the Learning Gap. Bridging the learning gap comprises of six, 1½ hour, fun English grammar lessons using paper, oral and Internet based methods.

These simple, yet effective lessons are easy to follow, step by step instructional activities for students ages six to twelve. Ideal to teach or re-enforce some basic grammar. Mix auditory, visual and hands-on techniques to improve and build upon student's weaknesses or skill gaps rather than sticking to one method only. Thoroughly tested on numerous students between the ages six and fourteen. Use the lessons over six days, six weeks or incorporate two lessons in one week. It is totally flexible to suit your teaching schedule.

For best results you must be organized. Prepare all lessons well in advance and study them thoroughly so you are acquainted with its contents. Obtain any additional materials you may need; e.g. old magazines, exercise books, glue, scissors etc. Before starting each lesson, ensure you have all relevant pages to avoid students having to wait for their material. They will loose interest and enthusiasm if you are disorganized.

Quite often overlooked is the importance of ’nonsense’ writing. This web site provides an activity that allows just that, silly nonsense write-ups to encourage reading, writing, spelling and grammar.
A to Z nonsense is ideal for students who want a challenge and something different. Simply clicking on one of the letters of the alphabet in the left-hand column displays a short nonsensical write-up with an interactivity. This is definitely not for the faint-hearted and can be utilized by older students who enjoy something new as well. Each activity, 26 in total, provides answers with a simple click of the check button.

Worksheets, Interactivities ages 5-13

An abundance of worksheets cover numbers, addition, subtraction, multiplication, fractions, decimals, percentages, shapes, problem solving and much more. Easily accessed to provide you ideas and material in time. The clear printable worksheets encourage mathematical skills in numerous areas. The interactivities are superb with flashcards covering numbers, addition and subtraction, multiplication, decimals, fractions and many other maths areas. Fun mathematical puzzles provide a refreshing change and promote critical mathematical thinking skills. Roman numerals, clock reading, statistics and data are also covered. It is easy to improve student's mathematical skills by selecting one of the interactivities as a stand-alone project or incorporated as part of your syllabus. Ideal for remedial use and for those students who want to go beyond their level.

ages 5-8 | ages 9-10 | ages 11-13 |

There are literally hundreds of worksheets in the Worksheet Generators. Simply select one generator to view a random worksheet. By continuously refreshing the page you will view a new worksheet. To obtain an answer key simply click the 'Teaching Treasures' logo. Generators included are addition, subtraction, multiplication and homophones. Basic worksheets are ideally used as a stand-by activity to suit your syllabus while the Professional Worksheets are cross curricula and provide answer keys, extra suggested activities, outcomes and teacher notes.
The Professional Worksheets are accessible from this link to view and are also suitable for Public and Private schools.

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