5 Productive Ways for Parents to Help with School Work

Recent studies show that Australian parents spend less time helping their kids with homework than the global average.

But is this necessarily a bad thing?

The average Australian parents are dedicating 4.4 hours a week to homework help…

Which is a figure that shouldn’t be scoffed at.

But it does pale in comparison to the commitment hours of other countries…

With the average hours hovering around the 6.7 a week mark.

Federal Minister for Education Simon Birmingham has appealed to parents to do more to address Australian students performance in maths, literacy and science assessments.

But is helping with homework really the key?

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7 Take-Home Lessons from The World’s Best Schools

In Part 1 of this post, we looked at the ways that schools in Finland operate that make them some of the best in the world.

Some of these reasons include shorter contact hours, less homework, less tests, more independence and a stronger emphasis on non-academic skills.

Incorporating many of these factors into Australian schools would require Government intervention…

And/ or massive changes in the core functions of each school.

But there ARE lessons that can be learnt from Finland’s school success…

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What We Can Learn From The World’s Best Schools

Finland: a small Nordic country with a population of just over 5.5 million.

And home to the world’s leading schooling system.

Around the world, Finland is acknowledged as an ‘educational superpower’.

Their schools are top ranked among developed nations on the PISA scale…

An international, standardised assessment that measures 15-year-olds in language, maths and science.

Yet the lack of focus on standardised tests is one of the reasons that the Finnish school system is so successful.

In this post, we’ll look at what Finland schools do so successfully…

And how it differs from what we’re used to in Australian schools.

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New Year Resolutions for Parents — Part 2: Supporting Educational Needs and Fostering Success

In Part 1 of this post, we offered parents 8 simple, practical and effective tips for supporting your child’s mental health this year (and into the future).

In Part 2, we’ll be sharing 8 equally simple tactics to help your child not only survive this school year…

But also to thrive in the educational setting, and use the things they learn to achieve success in all their future endeavours.

You’ll find some of our recommendations double up over both posts…

But that’s because many of these actions have a multitude of benefits.

And because — as research increasingly shows — mental health and academic performance are inextricably linked.

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New Year Resolutions for Parents — Part 1: Supporting Childhood Mental Wellness

New Year’s Resolutions tend not to last very long…

But maybe that’s because you’re not doing them right.

This year, why not resolve to put practical, productive and achievable plans into action…

To promote mental wellbeing for your children (and yourself).

The combination of each of these small acts will help you to help your children have a prosperous year.

And happy and healthy children make for happy and healthy parents!

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5 Ways to Keep Kids Learning During the School Holidays

The holidays are a time for rest, relaxation, family time and celebrations.

But learning doesn’t have to stop when the school gates close…

You can help foster a love of learning in your children over the holidays.

And they won’t even know it!

Below are some great school holiday activities that get kids engaged, curious and excited about learning…

Which will help them to embrace their education once their back at school, and the value of learning for the rest of their lives.

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5 Ways to Set ‘High Expectations’ Without ‘High Pressure’

Australian students are excelling when their teachers hold them to high expectations.

But in equal numbers, kids around the country are suffering from poorer mental health…

And it’s being largely attributed to mounting pressures at school.

But what’s the difference between high expectations and high pressure?

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How and Why Kids Need to Learn Resilience

Resilience, put simply, is the ability to respond positively to adversity.

It’s a term that was first extensively researched by developmental psychologist Norman Garmezy.

In his research he noticed particular children who — despite the odds — succeeded in the face of adversity.

Kids experiencing severe disadvantage or neglect…

Who would still flourish at school and in later life.

Before his study into resilience, psychologists often looked at adversity from the other side of the coin…

The short and long term detrimental impacts of negative or traumatic experiences.

And while dealing with such challenges after the fact is still an important focus of counselling…

Focusing on nurturing resilience from a young age offers a different service.

One that supports prevention, you might say, rather than ‘cure’.

So why do kids need to learn resilience? 

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School Readiness: What is the right age for your child?

In Victoria, kids must turn five before the 30th of April in their first year of school.

But even with these guidelines, many parents still struggle with whether they should hold their child back a year…

Or if they should start early.

In fact, a recent study showed that parents are suffering from excessive stress and anxiety over the decision!

It’s a concerning but not completely surprising finding…

The first year of a child’s schooling can set the path for their educational experience…

For better or worse.

So in this post, we’ll be addressing some of the implications of school starting age…

And how you can help pick the best path for your child.

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