I completed a Bachelor of Early Childhood Education at Melbourne University, love creating curriculum resources and helping children discover and learn.
My husband and I live in a remote part of Indonesia so I will be homeschooling our two girls for the most part, as well as two more. A very tiny F-2 class!
This blog will follow my journey to teaching in a remote place and the journey of my girls learning Indonesian. I am developing child friendly resources that will be used by the local language school that my husband will be working at. They teach English, Indonesian and local languages using the Growing Participators Approach (GPA) or 6 phase that was developed by Greg Thomson. I love creating resources so I hope that others will want to use them too!
Being Australian and knowing the new Australian Curriculum it will line up with and complement the new Australian National Curriculum. I am being taught Indonesian myself by native speakers through GPA or ‘6 phase’ that used elements of Total Physical Response, Comprehensible Input, Story building, Shared story, and Story telling that focuses on the sociocultural nature of language learning.
I want my girls to learn on a fun interactive way like I have, so I will be working with our language tutor to develop a process similar to the way I was taught, but focusing on the strengths and needs of primary aged children.
I hope you’ll join me on this journey as I try to develop a way to do GPA or ‘6 Phase’ with children.