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Clever Kids’ Money

All parents want the best for their kids' futures. Here's an idea that is definately the best when it comes to securing a great financial start for them. From the moment children enter the world, parents and grandparents alike want to do everything in their power to ensure the best possible scenario for their upbringing and future, and this is often expressed in the form of a kid’s savings account. The theo ...

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Teachable Moments Count

Lessons are not always learnt in the classroom. Coomera Anglican College educators are always finding ways to teach their youngest students those important life lessons around social and emotional intelligence. Educators at Coomera Anglican College’s Early Learning Centre, like all teachers, are focused on developing their students’ general intelligence. But it’s developing the children’s social and emotion ...

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Learn About The Wild Life

Segway tours and koala cuddles - that's just some of the new fun at Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary. When you hear the words “Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary”, most probably think of childhoods spent feeding the bright and cheerful lorikeets. It’s unlikely that you picture visitors rolling around on Segways or getting up close and personal with the koalas in their own enclosures. But that’s exactly how I spent my ...

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The Three Rs… And Coding?

The years of the three Rs are long gone. With students now needing to learn more skills than ever before it should be no surprise that coding has become embedded in the primary school curriculum. As technology continues to advance, coding is quickly becoming a skill that’s as fundamental for Australian kids as literacy and numeracy. Coding Kids’ general manager Emily de la Peña says coding is very different ...

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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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