Volunteer Teacher's Aide: Kindergarten, Year 1, Year 2. Paid Teacher's Aide Special Needs: High School Year 7 - Year 12. Special Needs Tutor: literacy and numeracy. Devoted mother of three boys.
Self taught; life lessons; intuitive!
No, but that's okay!
School Certificate (Year 10); Higher School Certificate (Year 12); My Life Experiences!
Gidday, everyone, I'm Ros Hardy and I live on the beautiful Coffs Coast of NSW (Australia) with my youngest son and our dog, Molly. My vision is to teach young children to know how to deal with emergencies, bullying and 'stranger danger', and to create a greater awareness of the importance of children gaining the necessary emotional and physically life skills needed to be able to react and respond to difficult or dangerous situations so they stay safe and happy. I taught my three young sons, by the time each turned four years old, how to get to the phone and make the call for help through stories, discussions, practical exercises and play-acting; I taught them everything they needed to know so I knew that they could remember each vital step, take action and follow through the steps, confidently and automatically. I needed to know that even though my boys were very small they were capable of actually physically taking action, if faced with an emergency; that they understood what they were doing and why; and that they felt safe and were happy. I achieved my goal, but my concerns had grown after discovering that only two mums out of all the mums I'd spoken with over the following twenty years, about this topic, had thought to do the same as me - this is the reason why my first version of the 'Sue' books came about. I got busy creating a book which simply taught kids how to deal with emergencies using the steps I had used. I printed a few copies and took a handful of my little books to the local markets. I sold a few and gave a few away. But due to my health my project came to a stand-still. A year had past when the Head Drama Teacher of a Sydney Private School (given a copy by a friend who'd visited these markets), contacted me to tell me that she had used the books with her Year One Drama students the entire year (with outstanding success), and was wanting more copies for the other teachers; and again, the following year and contacted me with valuable advice and encouraged me to improve the book and get it out there as she was about to retire. I improved the first book and created two other books, which cover two other extremely important topics: How to deal with bullying and 'stranger danger'. These three topics (titles) are each made up of three separate learning stages: Story Time (to introduce the topic), the Teaching Guide (with detailed information and preparation exercises), and Learning Activities (to reinforce what is learnt from Story Time and the Teaching Guide; revision, check lists and awards). The Sue Series books are fun curriculum-friendly teaching resources and learning tools for parents, carers and teachers to help prepare children (aged 4-9 years) to know how to automatically and confidently deal with emergencies, bullying and ‘stranger danger’. I invite you to join me in 'Helping Little Kids be BIG - Teaching Children to be Brave, Smart and Strong! Kind regards (and enjoy!) Ros Hardy, author of the Sue Series books