Frightfully Posh Friday

Frightfully Posh Friday or Terribly Posh Tuesday are some of the fun ways we have brought the fun back into the art of conversation.
Read my article published by News Corp in an effort to help parents develop oral language, vocabulary and phonemic awareness skills titled: ‘What parents can do at home if a child’s literacy tasks lack lustre.’


Forget trying to teach your kids the alphabet before their first day of school; talking to them is far more beneficial, according to teacher and mum of four Samantha Taylor.
Sammy, the director of Andrell Education, says exposure to oral language should come before teaching kids the “phonic code” of spelling.

Samantha Taylor has introduced Perfectly Posh Fridays in her home with her four kids to improve their spelling through exposure to conversation and oral language awareness. This is one of the new ways to teach spelling rather than the old way of simply learning the ABC and rote learning of words. Mum Sammy Taylor and dad Stuart Taylor with Oscar, 10, Bella, 4, Charlie, 7, and Jazmine, 8. Picture: Alex Coppel.

“Not many parents understand the importance of oral language for literacy success – reading, writing, spelling, speaking and listening,” she says.

“We need to expose children to as much varied language as we can. We need to use the correct pronunciation of words and correct children when they say them incorrectly.
“No matter how cute it is when they say ‘lellow’, we need to correct them with ‘yellow’ to model how it is supposed to be said.
“If we don’t, they will go to school and spell yellow with a L, as that is the sound they hear when they say the word.

“Their speech and articulation plays a big part in their spelling choices.”

Taylor loves hosting “Frightfully Posh Fridays” with her children – Bella, 4, Charlie, 6, Jazmine, 8, and Oscar, 10 – when they dress up in their finery of gowns, gloves and suits and talk in their poshest voices to encourage conversation and expose them to new words.


Finding new ways to encourage vocabulary development and spelling skills helps engage children’s imagination and interest while allowing parents to avoid reliving their own days of rote learning. Mum Samantha Taylor and dad Stuart Taylor host high tea at home with their four kids Oscar, 10, Bella, 4, Charlie, 7, and Jazmine, 8. Picture: Alex Coppel.

'Pull Up A Chair' and get the conversation started...

Do you want your children to be strong communicators?

To be able to share their thoughts, feelings, ideas, and needs?

To be able to socially interact with others and to be on the right path for literacy success?


Containing 133 cards with more than 350 prompts in 5 different categories: How Was Your Day? – Getting To Know You – General Conversation – While You Play – While We Play.

This is the ideal resource to start conversations and develop rich language in both the classroom and at home. You’ll have endless ways to connect with children and set them up for literacy success.