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Leap into Literacy

Are you looking for a unique and fun way to extend your child’s reading and writing skills? Leap into Literacy can help!

Created by Allison Greenland, whose PhD dissertation focused on reading comprehension skills in younger students, Leap into Literacy was developed to provide small classes for children with a focus on reading comprehension and creative writing. Using techniques that allow students to become creative in the learning process, sessions are unique and achieve maximum results.

Classes are fun and are not based on individual students completing worksheets on their own, but instead a more involved and hands-on approach during the group lessons with one-on-one support for written work. This means that students are more motivated to learn and retain the information for life!

Creative techniques and technology are used in small groups; parents have said they are so happy to see their children enjoy reading and writing for pleasure! Students are also able to complete writing assignments on their own outside of the classroom using techniques they learn in class.

We cover a different age-relevant book each week with a reading and writing aspect involved. Each week is different, but topics we focus on are: persuasive and descriptive writing, building your introductions and conclusions, character development, and organising/planning your story. Reading comprehension techniques are also tied into every lesson.

Parents like to use the classes not only as a fun method to increase reading and writing skills, but as an extension to help expand on what is already in place for more advanced students. Classes are creative and involve games, audio and visual clips, technology, and more to keep students motivated. Classes are held in Drummoyne for children in Years 1-6.

Contact Allison now on 0420 734 720 to organise your child’s free trial class, and visit our website to learn more and to read the positive reviews from happy parents:


Suite 6/171 Victoria Road, Drummoyne

Candu Creative

Candu Creative offers unique creative workshops in resin art, jewellery and homewares in their dedicated studio in King St, Newtown. Their creative workshops were developed to inspire new and existing customers, artists, designers and weekend creatives. Candu classes create a relaxing and fun environment where participants can lose themselves in the creative process and connect with other like-minded people. Candu also runs classes in Chatswood, as well as Melbourne and Brisbane.

Candu Creative was established in 2008 as the educational arm of Barnes Moulding and Casting Supplies, an Australian owned business with over 30 years of experience in the moulding and casting industry. Candu teachers are knowledgeable and well qualified to help guide students in learning new skills in a safe and enjoyable learning environment.

Candu workshops introduce unique products to customers in epoxy and polyurethane resins, silicone and polymer clay, and teach valuable skills in moulding and casting. Classes include resin art, resin jewellery, polymer clay jewellery, resin homewares and mould-making. After attending a class, students get exclusive discounts on products at the Barnes store next door, so that they can continue the making process at home. Candu also runs corporate classes for team-building and employee rewards, and kids classes for groups and parties.

As a special offer for Ciao readers, Candu would like to offer $20 off your next class booking. Simply enter CIAO20 at the checkout when booking a class via www.candu.com.au. Offer valid until 31 July 2017.

53 King St, Newtown NSW 2042   Phone: 1300 810 602


Many women love Oska. Why? And who is the Oska woman?

She is a woman who enjoys the unexpected and likes to surprise. She knows what she wants and she loves life.

Oska stands for individuality, casual urbanity and quality. Our materials reflect that – they are sensual, natural and authentic. Wearing comfort is the key concept. We create fashion in which our customers feel comfortable and find themselves reflected – fashion which expresses their personality and attitude toward life.

From the very beginning, Oska has been known for wool, boiled wool and linen. This interplay of severity and femininity, which is also expressed in the designs and silhouettes, enriches the collection and gives the label more clarity and a distinct image.

Thanks to our own dye-works, we are able to offer many fabrics in a large range of colours. This is very unusual in the fashion world and makes uniquely beautiful and harmonious colour combinations possible.

Knitwear and boiled wool are the core of the Oska winter collection. Knitted pieces bring colour to the collection.

We look forward to seeing you in either our Paddington or QVB boutique soon.

168 -174 Oxford St, Paddington. Tel: 9380 8169   

Shop 38, Level 1, QVB, 455 George St, Sydney.
Tel: 9264 8772



Discover and shop local designers, makers and creators at Hypmotive Hub in Marrickville. Hypmotive is for the inspired customer. We explore the local creative scene to bring you your own creative collective. Here, you can explore and discover local creators and brands in Australia across service providers, home and interior, jewellery, lifestyle, fashion and more.


By shopping with us, you are supporting the local art scene, local creatives and local businesses.

We explore and discover the creative scenes, bringing the art and products from the creators’ work space, studio and markets direct to you.

Discover unique designs by creators from around Australia that you connect with and are inspired by. Unique designs are always remarkable conversation starters and make for impressive gifts for partners, friends or family.

Through our creator and brand stories, you can learn more about the story behind the people, their inspiration, their process and their brand.

At the Hypmotive Hub in Marrickville, you can shop, meet and hang out. You can come and see an art exhibition, new product launch and experience a variety of talks and activities. If the experience includes creativity, people and discovery, you can find it here at the hub – so really it’s your creative hub to immerse yourself in. Come and say hi!

Hub & HQ 155 Marrickville Road, Marrickville

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