Kids Education

Combating boys' boredom in the classroom

Julia Cahill Was your son reluctant to return to school this term? Does he claim to be bored in the classroom? Here is how some schools are attempting to keep things interesting for their students.

Repeating school can do more harm than good, experts warn

ELTHAM AUSTRALIA- 11 JULY 2014: Photo of young Keelin O'Reilly (8yrs) with mother Sarah O'Reilly and sister Morgan O'Reilly (13yrs) at their home in Eltham on Friday 11 July 2014.. THE AGE / LUIS ENRIQUE ASCUI

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AMY MCNEILAGE Despite warning from experts, thousands of NSW parents are insisting their children repeat a year of school.

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Do you understand your children's school reports?

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PAUL CHAI Can you decipher what your child's teacher has written in their report card? Paul Chai has had enough of the corporate speak and 'compliment sandwich'.

How to respond to my disabled daughter

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Colleen Mastony "What's wrong with that baby's face?" These were the words that prompted Kerry Lynch to show children her disabled daughter was not that different from them.

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What is democratic schooling?

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Rebecca English Imagine a school where the students have equal say with the teachers, principal and governors in all areas of school life. Welcome to the world of democratic schooling.

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Reducing child sex abuse

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KYLIE ORR How can we reduce the incidence of child sexual abuse? Kylie Orr looks at the most powerful weapon we have against it – confident, educated and empowered children.

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School chaplains confident the program will continue

School chaplains are confident their program will continue despite a High Court setback.

NATALIE BOCHENSKI Chaplains look to Commonwealth for alternative funding after High Court ruled against federal funding of the program.

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High Court rules against federal funding of school chaplains program

Ron Williams has brought a High Court challenge against the national school chaplaincy program.

Jane Lee, Matthew Knott High Court has ruled in favour of a Queensland father who challenged federal funding for the national school chaplains program but the Abbott government remains committed to the program.

5-year-old Myles saves mum's life with triple-0 call

Myles Wellham knew to call triple-0 after playing with an app offering a range of emergency scenarios.

Sam Rigney When Mel Wellham collapsed in the kitchen of her Newcastle home last year, her five-year-old son Myles knew what to do.

Jane Kennedy shares how she makes storytime count with her kids

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Gabe McGrath Actress and producer, Jane Kennedy shares her love of reading with her five kids and why she is excited to be a part of the National Simultaneous Storytime.

Isolated students need three forms of transport to get to school each day

Philip and Ginnene with sons Cody and Aron can’t take things for granted on Rotoroa Island.

Diana Worthy Nothing can dampen the spirits of schoolboys Cody and Aron Salisbury despite their lengthy and unusual daily commute to school by road and sea.

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Is Montessori school the right education for your child?

Is self-directed learning right for your child?

BROOKE LUMSDEN Research has shown that Montessori educated children are, on average, ahead in various areas of development, but how do you know if it’s right for your child?

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Mother who caused fatal accident at school wants charges dropped

Killed: Akshaaye Balakrishnan.

RACHEL OLDING The Sydney mother responsible for accidentally running over a group of Carlingford Public School children on the last day of school last year is “extremely grieved” by the experience, says lawyer.

More parents waiting until after NAPLAN results to coach students

There has also been a noticeable rise in students from public primary schools who are being tutored.

Alexandra Smith Parents increasingly opting to wait for their child's NAPLAN results before seeking coaching rather than cramming for the tests beforehand.

The seven messages of highly effective reading teachers

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Brian Cambourne Teaching kids to read isn’t just about learning the alphabet or “sounding out”, it’s about making sense of what’s on the page

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Lessons learnt while on school holidays

How do you feel about your kids at the end of the school holidays?

Julia Cahill I can’t say how much I am looking forward to the beginning of term tomorrow. Almost as much, I think, as I was looking forward to the first day of the school holidays.

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Moon to turn red during tonight's total lunar eclipse

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Deborah Gough, Ed Bodkin Sky-watchers will be watching the horizon to the east as they venture out for a glimpse of the totally eclipsed moon rising at sunset on Tuesday night.

Loom bands banned in classrooms and playgrounds

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Julie Power, Amy McNeilage, staff writers The popularity of loom bands and bracelets has drawn the ire of some NSW school principals, who are banning the woven accessories from the playground.

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Do boys dislike school or just what they're learning?

Is it school or the way they learn?

Garth Stahl and Pete Dale What is the real reason for boys underachieving in formal schooling?

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How to get kids involved in Pay It Forward Day

Simple acts of kindness are more meaningful than you realise.

JO HARTLEY 'Pay It Forward Day' is teaching children one of life's most valuable lessons.

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Art that offers families womb and re-birthing experience too much for some

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Cassy Small Families were confronted with images of female genitalia and a large statue of a naked woman complete with a crawling tunnel for kids at a recent art festival in Geelong but did it cross the line?

Are we destroying our kids with kindness?

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SARAH MACDONALD Schools are banning red pen in the name of positivity, but are we going too far?

Unrealistic cartoons are misleading kids' into thinking animals can really talk

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LIVIA GAMBLE Despite the hours of entertainment Mickey and Friends provide for kids a new study suggests the unrealistic nature of these cartoons hinders the way children learn about animals and the natural world.

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Should we do away with "dyslexia"?

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Anne Castles, Kevin Wheldall, Mandy Nayton A controversial call for the term "dyslexia" to be abandoned. Authors of a new book, The Dyslexia Debate, argue it is an imprecise label that does nothing to assist the children to whom it is applied.

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Social skills are key to winning the bully battle

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COSIMA MARRINER Victims of schoolyard bullying who have strong social skills and little difficulty with school work are likely to emerge unscathed by the experience in the longer term.

Cute New Zealand kids tell us their future

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Nyree McFarlane This unscripted video of NZ children talking about the world melted our hearts.

Using comics to develop literacy skills in children

The 'superpowers' of using comics in the classroom.

With literacy being redefined by educators to include among other essential skills, the ability to read, view and create visual and digital texts; comics are increasingly being used as a learning tool in classrooms.

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Girl, 9, critically hurt as tree branch falls at Pitt Town school

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Megan Levy with Saffron Howden At least three students and a teacher were injured when a large branch fell off a gum tree at a primary school in Sydney's north-west on Friday.

Do you do your child's homework?

Are you robbing your kids of their homework?

JO HARTLEY A recent study undertaken in the UK revealed that nearly two thirds of adults stepped in to help with their children’s homework. But are you helping or hindering them in the long term?

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Eight ways to store and display children's art and craft

How to display your child's art ...

Josefa Pete A refrigerator door can only display so much and soon piles on kitchen bench tops can become mountains of arts and crafts. Here are eight ways you can store and display your child's artwork before it overtakes your home.

Children's book 'Hello Ruby' teaches 4- to 7-tear-olds how to code

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Rebecca Hiscott 'Hello Ruby' is a Kickstarter-funded book for kids that aims to teach programming principles to children by showing them that coding can be just as fun as pen and paper when used to tell stories.

My child starting school brought out my own issues

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SAMAN SHAD On her daughter's first day of school Saman Shad discovered just how difficult it can be to not project your own issues on to your children.

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Jackie French: Schools are failing to teach children to read

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RACHEL BROWNE Teaching children how to read is increasingly being outsourced to well-meaning volunteers rather than qualified professionals, according to leading author Jackie French.

A grown up guide to making new friends

Making friends isn't as easy as it used to be ...

Cassy Small When her son started school Cassy Small was a ball of nerves but not for the reasons you'd expect.

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Alternative extracurricular activities

There is a whole world of unique experiences for kids to enjoy.

LAKSHMI SINGH The extracurricular activities you never knew existed and why they might be just what your child is looking for.

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Students may be disadvantaged by starting school at 5 years old

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AMY MCNEILAGE Children in Australia start school younger than almost anywhere else in the developed world, up to two years ahead of students in top-performing countries such as Finland and Korea.

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Watch 7-year-old, Elias Phoenix's, impressive piano performance on Ellen

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LIVIA GAMBLE From the moment he walked on stage, the smooth-talking prodigy was all complements and hugs for his favourite talk show host.

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Politics have no place in curriculum review: Christopher Pyne

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Christopher Pyne All those interested in Australia having a quality education system whereby our international performance in literacy and mathematics is going up - not down, as is presently the case - should welcome the review of the national curriculum.

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How to fall in love according to a second-grader

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KATIE CARLIN If you’re still trying to master the art of falling in love these two adorable eight-year-olds have the answer for you in a 24-step guide handwritten on a napkin and bound together with trusty staples.

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Encouraging children to ask questions

The importance of being able to ask questions ...

Thuy Yau Children love to ask questions and parents can often tire of answering them but encouraging their curiosity has long-lasting benefits.

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When your child doesn't share your passion

Kylie Orr's son thinks books and hats are interchangeable ...

KYLIE ORR We all want our children to forge their own path but secretly we'd also like them to at least feign interest in our own passions - Kylie Orr discovered that is definitely not the case in her home.

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Tribute site set up for victims of Carlingford school crash

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Amanda Hoh "Dear little boy in heaven, my family feels very sorry for what happened yesterday at my school. I hope you are now in heaven without the pain you had yesterday. Rest in peace. Teresa."

Driver who killed child outside school was doing three-point turn: police

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Rachel Olding A Carlingford mother who fatally struck a child outside a primary school was performing a three-point turn, police have revealed.

Different approach to learning yields compassionate results

Hands-on approach to learning yields heartwarming results

Nova Weetman Inquiry-based learning allowed students at this inner north primary school to step inside the life of a child refugee living in detention. What happened next moved parents to tears.

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Second-grader stamps out loneliness in the playground with a 'buddy bench'

Christian Bucks with his 'buddy bench'.

KATIE CARLIN Christian Bucks, a second-grader from York in America, came up with a heart-warming idea to ensure children in his schoolyard need never feel lonely again.

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Bathurst Public School has angered parents after banning girls from wearing shorts

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Amy McNeilage A NSW primary school has banned girls from wearing shorts and made the wearing of dresses mandatory against the wishes of a number of students and their parents.

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Former panellists unite in support of Gonski reforms

Our schools need funds to move forward.

Gareth Hutchens Former members of the Gonski review panel have joined a formal coalition of school principals, charities and church groups calling on the federal government to use the ''Gonski'' model to fund Australia's schools.

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States furious over double backflip on Gonski funding

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Mark Kenny, Anna Patty The debate over the Gonski school reforms has caused a serious rift between governments after Premier Barry O'Farrell blasted his federal colleagues for abandoning the funding agreement he struck with the former Labor government.

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Why some kids can't spell and why spelling tests won't help

Why spelling tests aren't helping kids learn to spell.

Misty Adoniou Spelling remains the most relentlessly tested of all the literacy skills, but it is the least taught - how we are approaching spelling lessons all wrong and what we need to do about it.

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Family trades television for 100 adventures

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KATIE CARLIN A self-proclaimed ordinary family gives their daughters 100 extraordinary challenges to entice them away from the television and into the great outdoors.

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When your child is average

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VICTORIA BIRCH With parents now more educated than any generation before them, there is a sense that acceptable isn’t good enough.

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Starting school when you have autism

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Maria Kyriacou As kindergarten students of 2013 complete their first school year, a new crop of children are getting ready for their turn at this pivotal milestone.

Why the best literacy approaches are not reaching the classroom

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Misty Adoniou Australia's literacy scores are dropping because children are not comprehending what they are reading, argues Misty Adoniou, and this is what she proposes we need to do.

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How charities are building literacy skills for disadvantaged kids

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RACHEL BROWNE Two new books arrive in the Hobson family's mailbox every month, one for four-year-old Emma and one for baby Samuel.

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5 Fun Science Experiments for Kids

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Mashable Help the kids discover the fascinating world of science with these five fun experiments you can set up with materials easily found around the home.

School principal hailed as a hero as bushfires devastate Springwood

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Kim Arlington The bushfires were closing in around their school. The flames had razed homes and were threatening others. But the teachers and staff of St Thomas Aquinas Primary in Springwood remained calm as they led their pupils 2.5kilometres to safety.

Importance of letting children fail

Disappointments and failures are part of life.

Jodie Benveniste What lessons do you need to teach your kids, and what lessons do they need to learn for themselves?

Starting a new school

Preparing children for a new school

CAROLYN TATE Being the new kid at school can be tough but Carolyn Tate is determined to help smooth her daughter's transition into her new school with these helpful tips.

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Protesters 'horrify' children outside Lennon Bros Circus

Protesters outside Lennon Bros Circus in Caloundra, Queensland.

Kate Clifford A protest outside the Lennon Bros Circus turned ugly yesterday when activists' "forced" pamphlets into the hands of children and locked teenagers in cages.

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Inner city population boom means school out of bounds for siblings

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KIRSTY NEEDHAM Siblings are being prevented from enrolling in the same school as their older brothers or sisters as the number of children in Sydney's inner city swells, squeezing classroom space and forcing public school boundaries to tighten.

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