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Helping Your Child Feel Positive About Starting School

Helping Your Child Feel Positive About Starting School

    Preparing our kids for school can seem overwhelming at times. We want them to be prepared. But one of the biggest concerns we have as parents, is whether they're going to be happy. Starting school can feel daunting to young children. So much will be different,...

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Supporting Your Child’s Creativity Through The Arts

Supporting Your Child’s Creativity Through The Arts

  Arts provision is on the decline in many schools. This is largely because it’s an area that tends to be the first to suffer cuts in funding. It also tends to be eclipsed by the increasing focus on science, maths, technology and engineering (STEM). Some educators...

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Homework at Elementary: Does it Benefit My Child?

Homework at Elementary: Does it Benefit My Child?

  In August 2016, a second grade teacher in America trialled a no homework policy. She sent parents a letter explaining what she was doing and why. It was a policy that earned praise from parents who felt that their children’s workload was too heavy:   The issue of...

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How to Support Your Child’s Unique Learning Journey

How to Support Your Child’s Unique Learning Journey

  A child’s learning journey is fascinating. It’s a journey full of wonder and excitement as they explore everything from stories to the marvels of nature. Accompanying them on this journey, parents are often their first and most important teacher. They play a...

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How to Help Your Struggling Reader

How to Help Your Struggling Reader

  Reading is the foundation to all learning. It’s not surprising therefore, that many parents worry about their child’s reading, especially if they appear to be a struggling reader. And this worry is often made worse by hearing other parents talking competitively...

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Learning to Read: How to Support Your Child’s Journey

Learning to Read: How to Support Your Child’s Journey

  Learning to read is the most important skill that your child will need to master for success at school and later on. Unlike learning to walk and talk, becoming literate is not a natural development. It doesn’t just happen or happen at a given age. To become...

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Learning to Write: Supporting Your Child From The Start

Learning to Write: Supporting Your Child From The Start

  Learning to write begins well before learning to read. Children embark on their writing journey from a very young age, by mark-making; something that looks like scribbles to an adult observer, (Mark Making: A Building Block for Brain Function and Literacy). Around...

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Reading to Your Child: Reflections of a Primary Principal

Reading to Your Child: Reflections of a Primary Principal

    Guest Educator, Ramon Messam has been in education for over twenty years. A specialist in the primary sector, he spent nine years as a principal in schools in New Zealand. He currently works as a National Programme Implementation Manager, to improve the level of...

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Motivating Boys to Read: And Why it Matters

Motivating Boys to Read: And Why it Matters

  It's something most of us are familiar with: the problem of motivating boys to read for pleasure. It's a long standing issue, and one that has a significant impact on boys' schooling and their future life chances. The evidence on the importance of reading has been...

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Reading Aloud: Giving Children The Best Start

Reading Aloud: Giving Children The Best Start

Reading aloud to young children and how it impacts on their cognitive development, has been the topic of extensive research worldwide. And the results are clear. Reading aloud to our children is the single most important activity we can do to help develop reading,...

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