Building Your Child's Love of Reading: Tips and Strategies for Parents
The key to children’s literacy is setting the foundations of oral language, story telling and a love of books. Compared to our peer countries, Australia is performing above average in literacy. That’s the good news. The bad news is since 2000, when we first participated in the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA), our students’ reading levels have been declining. Rapidly.
Focusing on the strengths of your child
Everyone learns in their own way. We used to talk about "learning styles" and that children fell into categories. Now educators and child development researchers focus on the whole child and use multiple modalities and a strengths-based approach.
Starting school: How can parents help?
As one of life’s big transitions, starting school can be an exciting and sometimes challenging time. How can you support your child to develop the skills they will need to start school and ensure they are socially and emotionally ready for this change.
Boys lagging behind when school starts
What role do biology and society play in boys not being as developmentally ready to start school as girls? Right from birth, boys and girls don’t begin life on the same starting block. The impact of this is a question researchers are trying to unravel.
How to include maths in children’s play
Many people believe they can't do maths and are reluctant to help their children. It’s a shame, however, if you’ve managed to convince yourself you can’t help your child to learn the basics. Fortunately, your view about your ability is also untrue.
Why we need to raise boys differently
In a society that is acutely aware of the negative effects of raising boys to be tough, researchers are finding that, perhaps, we need to re-examine how we raise boys from the very beginning, according to neonatal paediatrician Dr Howard Chilton.
The benefits of high-quality preschool
Research shows that children who’ve participated in preschool are more independent and better able to concentrate and cooperate. However, almost a quarter of Australian children entering school do not have the foundational skills they need for school and life.
A parent's role in literacy and numeracy
Most parents realise that play is an important part of a child’s life. A Macquarie University study reveals that watching their parents can impact the games children play and by demonstrating literacy and numeracy actually influence spontaneous play.
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