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Gamification of Education

Kids love games. That’s nothing new. Whether they’re running around in the backyard or playing on a gaming console, it’s not surprise teachers are turning the classroom lessons into a series of learning games. It’s called ‘gamification’ and it’s becoming more popular in education every day. Different to play-based learning, educators are taking the elements of games, such as leader boards, competing with ot ...

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Homework // Horrible or Helpful?

Homework is one of the most contested topics in education, with many parents, teachers and students questioning its purpose. This leads us to the question: how is homework beneficial for today’s children? We all know what it’s like when kids walk in the door from school. Some are tired, others are restless and some just want to go out and have fun with their friends. But first, they have to do their homewor ...

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To Tutor or Not to Tutor

Is your school-aged child getting enough out of their 9am-3pm or is it time to call in a tutor in 2017? Private tuition is something many parents consider, but it can be a costly add-on to the educational experience. Regardless of cost, there is high demand for tutors around the globe, as parents want to give their kids everything they can to help them succeed. Tutors can help break down complex concepts, h ...

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Ready, Prep, Go!

School holidays are here which means it’s only a hop, skip and a jump until the 2017 intake of excited Preppies wave their mums goodbye at the school gate. Is your family ready? It’s a scary thought, sending our littlies off into the big world (or schoolyard) with little more than a shiny new lunchbox and oversized hat. Days spent cruising in shopping trolleys and napping to the melodic voices of Playschool ...

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Lifelong Learning

Fact: Your child’s first five years are the most influential for their learning and development. This is when their brain develops faster than ever and when the foundations for ongoing learning are laid. How can you make the most of this precious opportunity? The curiosity and recognition shown by a baby. The self-esteem and bold claim of ‘I can do it’ by a brave toddler. The care for others and independenc ...

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Are Your Kids High-School Ready?

The transition to high school can be a daunting time for many 11 and 12 year olds – so how do we help them best prepare for it? For many tweens, the leap from the comfort of the primary school classroom into high school can be quite frightening. What’s not to be scared of? It’s usually a physically bigger school campus, with physically bigger people and a bigger list of things to remember. During this time ...

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Home, Sweet Home

Did you know, A QUT study found that, on average, home schooled kids are doing better in standardized testing than kids in traditional schools? Dr Rebecca English from Queensland University of Technology’s Faculty of Education has spent the last five years researching “the most private, private education”. Her report suggests that children educated at home achieve better results than kids in mainstream scho ...

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Schooling Success

As parents, we always want the very best for our kids. Helping them achieve as best they can in their school years can be one of our biggest focuses. Parents will always be their children’s most influential teachers – there’s never any doubt. However, as parents, there are things we should be doing to enhance our kids’ learning experiences in the classroom. Educators from Begin Bright Sorrento, Tugun and Bu ...

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Out of The Box

Gadgets are a big part of our kids’ days. While some say technology addiction is an epidemic, others say it has opened doors for learning and play. Chrissy Byers believes that kids need to rediscover the old-school fun of getting outside, getting dirty and getting creative. And her solution is certainly out of the box. Over a decade of interacting with kids has taught former teacher and mum of two Chrissy B ...

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IVF and Autism

Words: dr Gary swift Recently medical media attention has focused on a study of neurodevelopmental outcome of children conceived with assisted reproductive technologies. Headlines have focused on sensationalism as per usual and have left the facts to be deciphered in the fine print. In Australia and most developed countries, 15% of couples don’t conceive easily and require assisted reproductive technologies ...

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