Learning Matters Ltd

March 2018

Newsletter - March 2018



Below are our Semester Dates for 2018. In line with our learning from the International Dyslexia Conference we have made the decision to operate for 44 weeks of the year. Our semester dates are slightly different and longer than your child’s mainstream school. We are excited about the benefits this will bring to all the children we work with.

Semester 1

Tuesday 30th January - Friday 20th April - 12 weeks

Semester 2

Monday 30th April - Friday 13th July - 11 weeks

Semester 3

Monday 23rd July - Friday 5th October - 11 weeks

Semester 4

Monday 15th October - Friday 21st December - 10 weeks

Why the change?

This enables us to provide more regular support, and to ensure we can make the greatest impact possible, as we all know time is precious and the sooner, and more consistently we intervene, the better. Please note these dates apply to in school sessions also, which will be held in the local centre when school is closed.


A reminder, for students who attend sessions on TUESDAY’S please note, that although the Tuesday following Easter (3rd of April) is a school holiday, we will be teaching sessions that day as per usual.

We wish you all a safe and happy Easter break.

Literacy SUCCESS


Have you heard about our

Literacy Success Start up Assessment?

Listen to our new Couch Chat with Carmel King about the impact the Literacy SUCCESS StartUp ASSESSMENT has had on her practice, leadership, and outcomes for her students.

We are excited to be bringing this training to all main centres. You will learn how to administer this great tool and develop your knowledge and expertise of STRUCTURED LITERACY.


Are you looking for an ASSESSMENT that will determine your students' needs and also direct your classroom practice? 

BOOK training HERE:

ONLINE ENROLMENTS - must complete

All parents (new and existing) are required to register their child’s enrolment for 2018. Enrolment forms are now all electronic, please go to our website and complete the relevant form under Student Enrolments:

Notice of Cancellation

As per our Terms and Conditions, which you can find on our website, we have a 6 week notice of cancellation policy. You are able to stop sessions at any time, however, fees are charged on a term by term basis and you are required to give 6 weeks notice. If you wish to stop sessions at the end of the semester, you are required to tell us now. Please discuss this with your educator in the first instance.


Check out our website for workshops that are in your area soon.

Super Spellers and Awesome Advocates - Tauranga Tuesday 27th March

Dyslexia in the Classroom - Hamilton, New Plymouth, Queenstown, Tauranga

Communication with Teachers

To create the ‘wrap around’ effect and make the greatest difference in your child’s learning journey, we recommend that you pass on your child’s Learning Matters Educators email address ( to their classroom teacher.  If the teacher makes contact with our Educator they will then be able to keep each other informed as to the students current learning and progress. Your child’s Communication Book is one way to be informed about learning and progress during their sessions as well as a shared form of communication between home, Learning Matters and school. The table below highlights and helps both parents and classroom teachers to understand that students are first taught skills and knowledge in isolation, and are then supported to apply these, and ultimately to be able to transfer them into their regular mainstream classroom activities. When progress is measured at Learning Matters, it is measured in relation to the teaching and learning that has taken place not what a classroom teacher would hope to see in the transference stage.  


Your child may come home with homework from Learning Matters. This will be outlined in your child’s communication book. This may include irregular word practice (reading and/or spelling), StepsWeb activities, handwriting practise, reading a decodable text or reading or spelling words practising a new sound or syllable type. The purpose of homework is to review and revise aspects of the explicit teaching that took place during your child’s last session. Practicing and reviewing this with your child will enable it to become permanent. Should you have any questions regarding homework please contact your child’s educator in the first instance.

Does your school have DECODABLE TEXTS?

Decodable texts enable readers to crack the code. Schools can purchase these from Learning Matters.

Reading of the Month

How Spelling Supports Reading

Join our new Group 

For parents, educators or interested parties in creating a village to enable our Dyslexic learners across the country.

March 2018 Newsletter

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