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How Children Learn to Read Quickly and Easily Lies in Making Learning Fun with Learning Activities and Resources: Veteran Teacher Reveals


VICTORIA, Australia November 2014 – When parents realise their child may be falling behind the rest of the class, they understandably feel anxious about what the future may hold.

Whilst education experts agree that identifying learning difficulties early and finding ways to make learning fun are important in ensuring learning success, there are many case studies of ‘struggling’ students who go on to very successful careers.

One great case in point is Australian child author William Phillips, who when he started grade three had difficulty reading, writing and spelling, and fell well short of the standard expected of a grade three student.  His learning frustrations discouraged him from trying, and struggling with English gave him very low self-confidence.

After educational coaching from a veteran teacher and tutor, William wrote his first book – ‘Fishing for Kids’ – at just 11 years old. ‘Fishing for Kids’ was followed by a second book, as well as an appearance on national television and several radio interviews.

The veteran teacher and the founder of Aussie Kids Coach – an innovative educational organisation – Ian Davies, saw William’s reading, writing and confidence excel after he guided William through sets of phonic learning activities.

“William went from a disengaged, bullied grade three student who had given up on learning to read, to a top-of-his-class year nine student with published books to his credit. This is what’s possible on a broader scale in our schools if we change the teaching and learning environment.”

After his first meeting with William, Ian says the child displayed all the typical marks of a student bound to fail for the rest of his education. William was word guessing and struggled to spell, and had very low self-esteem from being bullied at school because of his learning difficulties. He resented attending school, made excuses every morning and stopped bringing home his reader after school.

Ian describes William as a child who had “switched off” and accepted he couldn’t read, which produced all sorts of unhealthy emotions and outcomes for William that threatened to derail his entire education.

The Aussie Kids Coach started working with William from scratch using the phonic learn-to-read system he had developed. Beginning with the phonic sounds that form the English language, Ian showed William how children learn to read by understanding blending sounds, and how to make sense of the English language structure. In just six weeks, William completed four levels of reading after being stuck at one level for four months, and finished all 30 reading levels just six months later. Ian also saw William’s spelling improve.

William’s father Terry Phillips urges parents to seek help if their child is struggling at school, especially by adopting the Aussie Kids Coach approach to teaching by making learning fun. “Best thing I ever did was to get William a tutor. It gave him a kick start at school. I think he must have read 100 books by now and written two,” Terry says. “Don’t leave it too late. The earlier you get a tutor, the better off your child will be.”

Aussie Kids Coach provides an exciting range of innovative educational products and services to help empower kids to celebrate their individuality and creativity. Using kids’ trivia questions and a myriad of learning activities and education resources, Aussie Kids Coach gives children the inspiration, courage and confidence to chase their dreams with passion.

Ian Davies and his fellow coaches at Aussie Kids Coach run workshops in diverse fields such as youth leadership, public speaking, how the English language works and how to make sense of secondary school maths.

Discover how children learn to read by making learning fun with Ian Davies’ help at


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