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Boys, books and the battle to read

Boys, books and the battle to read

  1. Posted on June 24, 2020

As parents and educators, we intrinsically believe that reading is key to educational success.. It is a truism that academic success correlates with those who are regular, if not avid, readers. Such reading goes beyond the mechanics of functional literacy, however, instead reflecting a deep immersion in literature, which, in turn, fosters an understanding of how language, and the texts it creates, function....

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The 'work from home' juggle

The 'work from home' juggle

  1. Posted on April 7, 2020

 .  . 1. Be open with your manager . Be transparent from the start and let your manager, co-workers, clients, etc, know when your children will be at home so they realise that unfortunately, you may not be able to guarantee your work calls will be interruption-free. 2. Have an effective to-do list. This is more important than ever as you will have more interruptions during your day....

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Digital resources for kids of all ages

Digital resources for kids of all ages

  1. Posted on April 6, 2020

Virtual Excursions. Visit museums. Google Arts and Culture partnered with over 2,500 museums and galleries around the world to offer virtual tours of their spaces. Some of the options include New York’s Museum of Modern Art and Amsterdam’s Van Gogh Museum The Louvre, based in Paris, is also offering its own virtual tour online for free. Visit zoos The San Diego Zoo Melbourne ...

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Talking to your children about the COVID-19 pandemic

Talking to your children about the COVID-19 pandemic

  1. Posted on March 30, 2020

I was chirpily reminding my primary school-aged children to wash their hands before eating when my 14-year-old chipped in with: “And if you don’t, you might get coronavirus! Like lots of people in China and Italy!” Definitely not the way I would have discussed COVID-19 with my five-year-olds, but it made me wonder, what is the best way to talk about this health crisis with our ...

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Simple tips to build good online behaviours

Simple tips to build good online behaviours

  1. Posted on March 23, 2020

Back on Ash Wednesday, Pope Francis’s call for Catholics to give up posting harmful words online during Lent appeared to be a great challenge for the digital age, especially for kids, to undertake during the traditional fasting period. The Pontiff said we lived in an "atmosphere polluted by too much verbal violence" which was "amplified by the internet". If you spend a few minutes on any social ...

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What do bull elephants and 14 year old boys have in common?

What do bull elephants and 14 year old boys have in common?

  1. Posted on February 5, 2020

 . Within a 5-year period in the 1990’s, in a Game Reserve in South Africa young male elephants killed more that 60 rhinoceroses and in some cases tried to mount them. This was a highly unusual level of aggression for adolescent male elephants. What was revealed was these adolescent elephants, which were committing such acts of aggression had been orphaned. Their fathers were killed under government sanctions to keep elephant numbers under control....

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The Year 7 Transition

The Year 7 Transition

  1. Posted on January 28, 2020

A year of ups and downs. I was worried - summer holidays were coming to an end and my son told me he wasn’t nervous about starting Year 7 at a new school. Although I was trying to hide it, I was a nervous wreck – a new school meant new teachers, new friends, a new campus to navigate, older students - how could he not be nervous? In the hope that he’d open up about some perhaps ...

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Summer holiday boredom busters

Summer holiday boredom busters

  1. Posted on January 2, 2020

After the excitement of Christmas has worn off in early January, most parents are familiar with the complaint: “I’m boooored!”. Many of us also worry about our kids’ brains atrophying over the seemingly endless and hot summer. Of course, kids deserve a break after working hard up until the end of the school year and they need to recharge. But there is a range of activities ...

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Parenting a sensitive child

Parenting a sensitive child

  1. Posted on December 5, 2019

Are you the parent of a sensitive child? Sensitive children are quick to react and can do so intensely, to changes in circumstances or the mood of the home. Some of these children turn inwards while others, like mine, can be demanding and fussy if not treated with some, well, sensitivity. My sensitive child is my daughter, but it could just as easily be a boy (sensitivity isn’t a gender issue) and her behaviour impacts on her brothers, especially her twin....

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Don't flatter, don't fuss

Don't flatter, don't fuss

  1. Posted on October 31, 2019

Exam season is well and truly upon us. Whether your son is finishing Year 12 and sitting his WACE exams or a younger student preparing for his end of year assessments, this time of year often opens up discussions about tests and exams, both preparing for them and debriefing after the results are posted. Not long after this year’s NAPLAN tests, I read an article called Teach Like a Champion by American education expert Doug Lemov....

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Teaching financial literacy

Teaching financial literacy

  1. Posted on September 18, 2019

“(My children) know the price of everything and the value of nothing.” - Rod Stewart There was a lively discussion at work the other day between a mother who doesn’t give her kids any pocket money because she believes they should do chores as part of a household. Another believed they should receive money to learn about its management. Around the same time a neighbour told me ...

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Achieving wellness in your family

Achieving wellness in your family

  1. Posted on August 22, 2019

  Disclaimer: This blog about wellness does not include any kale smoothie recipes, “expert’’ exercise or diet advice, or even a picture of me with my arms outstretched to the sky telling you how amazingly #blessed I am. If you want that I suggest you go to your teenage daughter’s Instagram feed. Instead, I’m discussing jam jars and how I use these to try to achieve wellness in my family of four kids while working full-time....

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