At Notch Hill, we practice what we preach

Our seminar and workshop experience is professional, playful and rewarding.

Nicola’s unique “in-the-trenches approach” is based upon her experiences of growing up with learning disabilities, 15 years of play based learning with both children & adults and training in the Orton-Gillingham Method . An award winning presenter, Nicola’s workshops are fun & interactive, helping parents to teach their children read and write naturally through play.

All workshops are tailored to fit your needs and time requirements.  For pricing and more information, please use the form at the bottom of this page.

For Parent Groups…

…who want to discover more about how to support their children in learning to read and write through play.

Books & Cuddles

Did you know, that children begin setting their foundations to literacy soon after they are born? Have you heard that experts don’t recommend teaching very young children the alphabet? If you are a parent of a 0-3 year old, this interactive 1.5 hr workshop will teach you everything you need to know to create a solid pre-reading foundation for your child…the natural & non-pushy way. You’ll come away with a repertoire of fun, educational activities to enjoy with your children – a ‘must do’ workshop for all new parents.

Play with purpose – Building Reading Readiness Skills

Would you like your child to choose books over technology? In this workshop we look at the foundation skills preschoolers need to master before blooming into readers. You’ll walk away from our brainstorm with dozens of quick ‘n’ easy, play-based, early-literacy ideas and a deep understanding of your child’s needs.

Preparing For Kindergarten:

Recent studies by UBC showed that 1/3 of children entering kindergarten in BC are not prepared for it. You’ll leave this interactive workshop with the knowledge to make sure your kids are prepared. You’ll know what is expected of your child and you’ll learn how to add extra educational value to the spontaneous play you have at home.

Ready – Set – Write! |NEW|

Writing is a complex skill and while it needs to be taught alongside reading, it requires its own foundation. You’ll come out of this workshop knowing how to help your child avoid the top most common pitfalls and with a bouquet of ideas to make learning to write fun.

Every Brain Is Different: |NEW|

In every classroom in British Columbia, some children are excelling. Some children struggle with learning disabilities but have extra support, some are doing just fine and some are struggling without support. After this workshop, you’ll know about different types of learners and when flash points typically occur in elementary education. Most importantly, you’ll have a basic understanding of how to help your child use his/her strengths and how to support growth in weaker areas.

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