Topic: Prep

How to Give Your Child Effective Feedback

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Giving constructive criticism to our children - both positive and negative - is an important part of parenting. Empty, generic praise ("What a lovely picture, darling"), well-meant encouragement that does the opposite ("At least you didn't come last") and angry disappointment ("I expected you to do better than that!") do not give a child much indication of what they are doing wrong or right.

Topics: Parenting, High School, Primary School, Preschool, Prep

Sight Words - Strategies to Make Them 'Stick'

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In Australian schools, children are taught to read phonetically: They learn their letters and the sounds they make – both individually and in combination with other letters (eg ‘ch’, ‘th’, ‘sh’). In this way, they learn how to read and build words from their component phonemes.

Topics: Literacy, Primary School, Prep

Helping Your Child with Handwriting

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In an increasingly digital age, it's easy to view handwriting as a dying art. Few people own fountain pens; most written correspondence is tapped directly into devices. In Finnish schools, children are no longer taught cursive (joined-up) writing but move straight to keyboards two years after learning their letters. 

Topics: Literacy, Primary School, Preschool, Prep

Why Your Preschooler Should Do an Organised Sport

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When my boys were little, I used to compare them (unkindly maybe) with puppies. Providing they had plenty of affection and were allowed to run around a lot outside, they were happy. Preschoolers are natural little whirlwinds of energy and need masses of exercise. Physical activity keeps little ones fit, healthy and strong, helps them relax and sleep better and is FUN!

Topics: Social Skills, Preschool, Prep, Health, Sport

Countdown to Starting School

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Have a little one starting school this year?

Read our tips for helping you and your child prepare for this exciting new adventure ...

Topics: Parenting, Preschool, Prep

I hear you but I'm not listening

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Dealing with your child's selective hearing

"Did you hear what I just said? Go and sort your school bag out!"

"How many times have I asked you to do this?"

"Why didn't you hand your homework in to your teacher today?"

Topics: Parenting, Behaviour, Primary School, Preschool, Prep

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