We all know that a school represents more than a uniform, and with a school comes community, a sense of identity and values that will carry a child through other chapters of life. While your child’s interests and dreams change over years, it’s impossible to match a school to your child today, and nor should you. What you can consider is; what factors represent a school’s values and will support your child in realising their greatest potential? When considering the characteristics of a school, whether it be primary or high school, we’ve provided 5 factors that can guide you as you consider the right-fit school for your child.
Approaching later primary school years can be a time of mixed emotions for students and their parents. Independence is emerging in the form of homework and study time, interest in specific subject areas might be developing, and ideas about the world and how to make a positive impact are surfacing.
But with these leaps of development can also come intimidation for what new systems of learning and expectations lie ahead when starting high school.
All of a sudden, class timetables are allocated, each class featuring a different group of students based on subject selection, and exams become a common hallmark of school term calendars, as do academic reports, student bell curves and international performance standards.
By working together with your child to build these 5 actions, habits can be formed now in time to start high school in the coming years, with confidence.
As children progress through primary school and approach the start of high school, a common theme that emerges among parents is the noticeable increase in homework. Anxiety can quickly ripple through the home as children resist what can feel like a daily chore, while parents start to question, can this be avoided? One certainty is that homework will continue to be a common part of the school experience, with some teachers focusing on building effective work habits and others emphasising mastery of content covered in class. As parents attempt to juggle a range of tactics in the hope to keep on top of teacher expectations and the curriculum, we’re here to lend some guidance! Here are 5 strategies designed for parents to help take the stress out of school work.
For those of us lucky to have been introduced to the power of reading, we know that it can ignite a child’s curiosity and imagination, as well as lead them to develop empathy for others and an understanding of the world around them. Stories invite children to picture themselves in the same shoes as the characters they learn about. They can also hone a child’s comprehension skills, as they retell their favourite parts, try out new vocabulary and build on knowledge from other books.
At NumberWorks’nWords centres, our expert tutors and centre managers recommend reading lists based on the abilities and interests of each child. If you are looking for a recommended reading list for your children, check out these book lists by age.
As we celebrate international literacy day, we highlight the 4 ways a recommended reading list can spark a lifelong love of reading and help them to develop essential skills that will support them through life.
The way each student learns is vastly different, however from supporting thousands of students to learn through the NumberWorks’nWords programs, what they repeatedly respond to and enjoy can often be remarkably similar. With what has been observed and refined over three decades of centre-based tuition and from constant feedback from the professional team of educators who lead the programs across our centres, we have today, an iconic English program that boosts a child’s progress in reading, writing, and overall, introduces them to a real joy in learning.
As families today continue to refer to the well-established traditions within a NumberWorks’nWords centre as a signature experience that their children continue to love, we’ve taken time to list the 5 most iconic ways students experience a love of reading and writing and a boost in their literacy skills to last well beyond the centre.