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Wednesday, 24 October 2012 12:13

School Success for Your Child

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Parents seem to be experiencing increasing pressure regarding their children’s education. Everyone wants their child to read well, be at (or near) the top of the class academically, and thrive socially at school. The increased emphasis on standardised testing (e.g. NAPLAN) only exacerbates the anxiety for parents who now receive specific ‘measurable’ feedback on how their children are performing in comparison to other students. How can we best prepare our children for success at school? The best answer to this challenging question is, it depends. Specifically, it depends on what you consider success. Politicians and education boards argue that success at school is principally about achieving strong scholastic outcomes. If academic superiority matters most to you, then you may wish to prepare your child for success by encouraging reading at…
Wednesday, 24 October 2012 12:10

Homework Tips

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Make homework an everyday part of your child's routine with these tips: Check with your school as to its homework policy. If your child is struggling with the amount of homework set, or you think he or she should be doing more, organise a meeting with the school to discuss your concerns. Decide with your child at the beginning of the year what time homework is to be done and where he or she will be doing it. Once your child reaches third grade, it is best to have an organised space where they will do their homework. It doesn't have to be in their bedroom, but make sure it has all the necessary stationery and books. Don't agree to having the TV or music playing while your child is…
Wednesday, 24 October 2012 12:01

Motivation for School

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The request to “Wake up for school please Ashton” was met with a groan. “I don’t want to go to school mum.” Most parents will experience a child who is not motivated to be at school at some point in their lives. Many parents were that child! Trying to stimulate your child’s motivation at school is extremely difficult for parents, primarily because so much of what happens at school is out of your control. The environment provided by the teacher, other students, and the school community can have a powerful impact on your child’s level of motivation. There are, however, several things that parents can do to increase their child’s motivation at school: Remember, relationships matter Encourage your child to develop positive relationships with other students at school. If the…
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