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JackieHello.  It is a great pleasure to welcome you to The Learning Voyage.

My name is Jackie and this is my contribution in helping children learn without barriers, tests, limits and stress as I believe this is the way children can learn to become independent learners and reach their potential.

At the bottom of this page are hints to help you find your way through The Learning Voyage.

My career has been in teaching and this should be one of the best jobs in the world. I am a maths and literacy specialist and have a huge amout of experience in behaviour management.

Teaching is and always will be in my blood.  It is what comes naturally to me and I don’t want to lose my enthusiasm for helping children learn.

For the first time I believe that there are some children who need to be out of the formal learning environment so they can reach their potential in a happy and relaxed manner. 

Children should be given as much variation in their learning as possible but ‘play’ is still a crucial element for children to learn vital concepts.  I believe that there should be a certain amount of structure in learning but only in the ‘next steps’ approach.

Children’s learning isn’t a race; it’s a course of action.An animal marathon This site is for those with a passion to help children become independent learners. You will find step by step guides to the learning steps needed in each area within maths, reading, phonics and writing. There are activities, ideas, tips and resources to help with the application of these steps.

We all learn at very different speeds and use different methods of learning for different concepts.  For example, some of us may charge through the steps for learning to read with no problems whatsoever but have a much slower rate of learning when it comes to shape and space.

Who has decided that by the time a child is 7 years old they should understand how to do multiplication and be reading independently?  WHY?

Whatever your role I hope you will find something useful and inspirational here to make sure that you, as well as the children in your care, learn with a smile on their faces.

I love receiving comments and questions and will always reply.  If there is something specific you would like to be included here, just let me know.

steps to learning

The aim of The Learning Voyage is to show you the steps needed for children to learn all the necessary components of mathematics, reading, phonics and writing.  This approach ensures children don’t miss out on crucial elements within these areas.

Once children are secure in these steps they can go on to become successful independent learners.



Finding your way around The Learning Voyage


In the menu you will see the button for learning. From here choose from, mathematics, Reading, Writing or Phonics to access the relevant area to the the steps for learning.

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Clicking on one of these steps will take you to a page with activities, tips, resources and products.  

Below you will find a collection of posts that may help you in your voyage  through the learning process

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The Best Way To Teach Phonics

And Average Is Good Enough! : What About Excellence


  1. What a great philosophy. There is so much variation in each of us, its acknowledged as we get older but kids are expected to achieve certain ‘standards’ that are not always achievable with in the specified time frame. Great website.

  2. Variations to learning is so important. Everyone learns differently.

    Learning through play is one way we all can learn. I believe they should incorporate more play with learning in schools. You have some wonderful information that many parents can use. Thanks :)

    • Hello Evelyn, it’s good to see you. Thank you for your comment. I think play is the most important part of a child’s learning, especially in the early years. It’s the best way to learn how to solve problems.
      Take care

  3. hi Jackie!

    I do agree that every child learns at a different rate and should be taught to think and learn more independently than they do in a regular school environment.. However, I think that this learning should be in conjunction with regular public school.

    My philosophy is that school is very much a social learning opportunity. It’s actually one that I missed out on for several years while my parents tried to teach me on their own, and I ended up being very socially isolated as a child. The sad fact is that some parents just aren’t cut out to be teaching their children in this way.

    It’s all about critical thinking and teaching skills that will be useful in later learning. That is my opinion of course. You seem to be very passionate and knowledgeable in your field, and I hope that you are able to teach others to teach their children to teach themselves.


    • Hello Angie, thank you for such an indepth reply.
      I have always believed that school is the best place to learn but only with the right ethos. So many children are being failed by the system and I can’t bear to see the way some children are treated by the school.
      Love your site.
      Take care

  4. Hi Jackie. Wonderful post. I especially love how you emphasize learning is not a race. Today so many kids are left behind because a deadline is in place. I wish this world would slow down a little bit and breath. Thanks for the great information. Randy

  5. I completely understand your philosophy of learning and teaching. I taught 4th grade for 6 years, but I left the profession a year and a half ago. With increased class sizes, emphasis on standardized tests, and scripted lessons, I decided it was time to move on. I do have a son in the 5th grade who is in special education. But he simply can not do and meet the common core standards. He got 3 Fs and 3 Ds on the 1st quarter report card. It’s not that he doesn’t want to learn, he just is slower and learns differently. He just doesn’t get it. I only have my son every other weekend so it is hard for me to be much help to him. I will be back often to check what ideas you have that could help him learn. Awesome site. Thanks.

    • Hello Dawn,
      To be honest, I believe that the best help a child can be given is the gift of ‘conversation’. So many children do not know how to express their feelings in words so they resort to less effective methods. If you only see your son every other weekend I would enjoy being with him and let him enjoy being with you. What more could a child want?
      Thank you so much for your lovely comments.
      Take care

  6. That is beautiful Jackie! I like to teach math as well, and indeed!! Who was it who decided children at a particular age should learn particular skills?! I love what you stand for and cheers! 😀

    • Hello Lee
      Thank you so much for your comment. It seems so sad that some children are labelled ‘slow’ because they haven’t reached a level that someone else has prescribed.
      Take care

  7. Your message is very strong. I have several children and developing them into independent thinkers is almost my whole reason for being on this planet. This is an awesome post!

    • Hi Fred
      Thank you so much for your comment. Being able to learn independently gives us the opportunity to stand out from the crowd and the freedom to become experts in any field we choose.
      Take care

  8. I wish I’d had access to websites like this when my 4 children were young, great article. :)

  9. Great blog here on the learning voyage :)

    I myself was always a slow learner at school, struggled and came bottom of the class. It wasn’t until I started high school, that everything changed for the better.

    Your blog will be a benefit to a lot of people on this subject :)


    • Hi Neil
      I can’t bear that term ‘slow learner’. I wonder whose standards learning is being judged against.
      I pleased that high school was a good experience for you and just look at you now:)
      Take care

  10. As a teacher with over 25 years of experience in different schools, I must tell you that I agree with what you state in this article. Children must be exposed to varied kinds of learning materials and strategies that address their particular needs and interest. Learning must always be an enjoyable voyage. Blessings!

  11. You’ve got a good thing going here Jackie. I think your way of teaching, doing things and obviously vast experience can bring a lot of value to a lot of mothers and children. :)

    You’ve made some interesting points up there. :)

    Keep up the good work.

    Chris Lee

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