Educational Resources for Kidding Around with ASG … A Review

Alegría starts primary school next year, and whilst it is an exciting time, it is also a time to think about the practicalities of what 13 years of schooling will look like. Eeek!


David from Big Kid Little Kid did a great post on ASG and how much schooling is projected to cost per child (you better sit down before you read it, spoiler alert – it’s A LOT!). Preparing financially for your child’s school years is one thing, but it’s not all that ASG have to offer. When they came to me and asked if I would take a look at what services they provide (disclaimer: they offered me a gift voucher for my time*) I was happy to do so!

I have put my head in the sand about the kind of money Big Kid Little Kid talks about and figure we will cross that bridge when we come to it – but I do like to know about resources that can help my kids get the most out of their schooling. Especially, as we are planning to be on the road quite a bit so I need to have educational activities available for long road-trips, hotel rooms, airplane journeys and cruise ships. This stuff I like to be prepared for!


The MY ASG website provides parents with an expanding range of education, parenting and career content, tools and resources as well as member discounts and special offers to support their children’s education now and into the future.  MY ASG access is complementary for all ASG education fund members. Non-members can also access this information as well as special offers and discounts and become a MY ASG subscriber for $29.95 per annum, offering excellent value for money.

Let’s crunch those numbers for a second .. It costs $29.95 to join and you get 30% off “ABC Reading Eggs” (which is $80 per year and I know a lot of parents who use this program) so if you were going to buy Reading Eggs anyway that’s a saving of $24. Put that $24 towards MY ASG and you get everything else ASG has to offer for $6!! – Can’t complain about that!


So what is available on MY ASG?

50% off LearningGames® Developed by Professor Joseph Sparling. Comprising 200 individualised experience or educational games, spread over five books targeting the age groups of: birth – 12 months, 12 – 24 months,  24 – 36 months, 36 – 48 months, 48 – 60 months.

50% off ASG books A selection of fun educational books that encourage and help build children’s social and emotional skills.  ASG’s Little Learner Pack (We reviewed this earlier in the year – read about it HERE) A fun and educational gift for children under six years of age. Includes a Cat in the Hat DVD, five books based on Professor Michael Bernard’s five foundations for success and happiness, and discounted access to Parentingideas Club. Valued at over $180, it can be purchased for $49.95.

30 % off ABC Reading Eggs A multi-award winning online reading program for children aged three to seven, designed to boost children’s confidence while developing a lifelong love of reading. MY ASG subscribers receive a discount of 30 per cent on ABC Reading Eggs, which includes ABC Reading Eggspress.

30% off ABC Mathseeds Teaches children aged three to six core maths and problem solving skills in fun, interactive and rewarding lessons.

45 minutes free with YourTutor Connects students to tutors for online, on-demand study help. YourTutor helps hundreds of Australian students to achieve better results every day. MY ASG subscribers receive 45 minutes free online tutoring when they trial the service.

20% off Maggie Dent Maggie Dent is an author, educator, and parenting and resilience specialist with a particular interest in the early years and adolescence. MY ASG subscribers receive a 20% discount from a variety of books and dvds.

$50 discount off Parentingideas Club An online parenting centre created by Michael Grose.

7.5% off MediGUARD Health Cover MY ASG subscribers enjoy a discount of 7.5 per cent on health cover contributions when you hold a policy with MediGUARD Health Cover, provided by Australian Unity.

More discounts are being added to MY ASG all the time, so this list is only going to get longer!


Wow, that’s a lot for $29.95. If you wanted to speak with an ASG representative about ASG’s education funds and resources, and the benefits of being an ASG member, call 131 ASG (131 274) or if you’d like to set up a face to face meeting, fill in your details here.

As a special bonus for our Kidding Around Australia readers, quote this voucher code: FREE-ENROLMENT to receive $0 enrolment fee when joining one of ASG’s education funds before 29 February 2016.

*We were sent a gift voucher from ASG as compensation for our time reviewing their website. Our opinions are our own and honest.

Please note all details quoted are correct at the time of publishing. All details are subject to change without notice and Kidding Around Australia takes no responsibility for information contained in this post. Please check the appropriate website to ensure that information is still correct and current.



{Sponsored Post} Kidding Around with … ASG

When ASG asked us to review their Little Learner Pack we said yes because education is important to us and we were interested to see what ASG offers families. ASG is focused on supporting children’s education – it’s all they do. They’re typically known for their educational funds, however this pack is an example of the educational resources they provide.

Photo Credit: ASG
Photo Credit: ASG

ASG’s Little Learner Pack comprises of:

  • The Cat in the Hat DVD (Volume 1), with four fun episodes from one of Dr Seuss’ beloved characters.
  • Set of five hard-cover story books from You Can Do It! Education, with stories on how to get along, confidence, resilience, being organised, and persistence.
  • Access to special offers such as Parenting Ideas Club, Australian Unity MediGUARD Health Cover, and Marcom Projects (educational DVDs).
  • Membership to MY ASG, which provides access to the Member website and an ever-expanding range including exclusive e-guides and ASG’s Member newsletter—ASG’s Scholastic.

When we received our pack we sat down and read the books. The books use rhyming sentences with words that are probably too advanced for Alegría (who is 4), even though she has an excellent vocabulary, the wording did require some explanation.

Alegría Says
(On the book ‘A Girl Called Sally – A story about getting along) Sally is not a very nice friend. She is sad when no one will play with her, so she has a little think and then she is nice and people like her.

The books are great as a conversation starter with your children, especially school aged children. We thought that they were probably too “old” for our children, however, Alegría has really taken to them. The books include many teachable moments and have entered our nightly rotation for bedtime stories.

Georgina Says
The Cat in the Hat DVD is educational and is perfect for quiet time. It has 4 episodes that explain different animal behaviours such as how bees make honey, bird migration, nocturnal animals and hermit crab shells.

ASG’s Little Learner Pack is valued at over $180 (and normally retails at $49.95).
If you are interested in owning ASG’s Little Learner Pack and experiencing it with your children it can be purchased online at


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To be in the running for three major prizes, as well as 10 Little Learner Packs and 10 Subscriptions to MY ASG (ASG’s member website with fantastic educational information and special member offers and discounts).

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ASG provides a range of products, information and resources to support children’s education from their early learning stage right through to post-secondary studies.

Their education programs are as follows:

  • The Education Fund (TEF) is designed to assist with basic secondary and post-secondary education costs.
  • The Supplementary Education Program (SEP) is designed for those who have specific education goals in mind, such as private schooling, or those who want to know that their child’s future education has been carefully planned.
  • The Future Education Program (FEP) offers parents the ability to plan for the education costs of their future children or for grandparents and relatives wanting to help a future grandchild, niece or nephew.

They also provide other education services that include:

  • a range of educational resources that support parents and their children through MY ASG, our member only website
  • ASG School Plan, an annual school fee payment service that spreads school fees out into manageable monthly or fortnightly instalments
  • ASG Marcom Projects, distributor of more than 5000 DVD and CD titles that are designed specifically to support the Australian curriculum
  • You Can Do It! Education (YCDI!), a resource kit that helps children build social and emotional resilience.