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Education and parenting articles from the King's team

Tackling School Speeches and Presentations

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My daughter has to present a speech at school today.  As I waved her off, with a few encouraging words, I took a little time to reflect on how happy and confident she appeared.  I too was happy and confident – happy she had worked hard on preparing her speech and confident she was going to do very well in her presentation.

Topics: High School, Primary School, Homework

10 Great Books to Read Aloud to Your Tween

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Yes, I still read to my ten-year-old.  He can read perfectly well by himself and will happily immerse himself in Harry Potter, Lemony Snicket and a wide range of non-fiction but I will still read a chapter or two of a cracking good novel to him most nights. 

Topics: Parenting, Literacy, High School, Primary School

Friends Without Borders: Crossing the Generation Divide

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After church one Sunday, I watched an elderly lady donate $50 to sponsor a teenager on youth camp.  "What else can we do for our young people?" she asked, "And how can we get to know them?". Despite a large contingent of teenagers in our church, I am sorry to say that 'getting to know them' is no easy task - the older members of the congregation would be lucky to even come in contact with one.

Topics: Parenting, Teens, High School, Primary School, Community

What to Do When the School Calls

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I have the school number programmed into my contacts so that when the school calls I know it’s them. Since my children are humans and not robots,  I will probably get a call from one of their teachers at some stage to chat about some behaviour that needs addressing.

Topics: Parenting, Teens, Teachers, High School, Behaviour, Primary School

Helping Your Child with Projects & Assignments

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When I was at Primary School, one of my favourite times of the week was ‘project time’.  It was when we were all given a chance to explore a topic of interest, in greater depth and to write and draw about it in our project book.  I loved the planning, the reading up on a topic, drawing or finding pictures and then laying it all out nicely with my best handwriting.  Sometimes we even took our project books home so that we could continue our work at home before bringing it back to present to the class.

Topics: Teens, High School, Primary School, Homework

More Chores, More Responsibility?

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I recently read Enid Blyton's 'Magic Faraway Tree' series with my sons and they were astonished. Not so much by the exciting adventures of Silky, Moon Face et al but more by the volume and complexity of chores the young protagonists were expected to do. Barely school-age children were chopping wood, preparing meals, darning socks and cleaning houses. 

Topics: Parenting, Teens, Primary School, Pre-School, Prep, Toddlers

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