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For Parents

As a parent, having kids in school can often make us feel like we are students again ourselves! In this blog category, you'll find the best tips and advice for supporting your child through their schooling journey (plus awesome ideas and downloads for school holiday activities too!). We'll look at everything from homework tips for parents, to what you can do to help when your kids are learning to read. Maybe you'd like to refresh some of those primary school Mathematics concepts that you haven't really thought about in years! Bookmark this page for your regular fix of no-nonsense, actionable tips and tricks and helpful, teacher-designed downloadable learning resources.

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  • Go to 25 Fresh New Ways to Ask "How Was Your Day?" blog

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    25 Fresh New Ways to Ask "How Was Your Day?"

    Don't get stuck in the same old after-school conversation! Check out this great list of alternatives to asking "How was your day?".

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    Easy At-Home Science Experiments for Kids

    These at-home science experiments for kids are easy to recreate and don't cost the Earth! Best of all, they're FUN!

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    65 Fun Activities to Stop Kids Saying... 'I'm Bored!'

    Are you looking for boredom busters? This list of 65 fun things to do at home with kids is a game-changer!

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    9 Fun Outdoor Learning Activities for Kids

    Find out how easy and fun it is to take learning outside with 9 inspiring outdoor activities for kids.

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    20 Amazing Sidewalk Chalk Ideas for Learning (and Fun)

    Are you stuck at home? Do you need to get out in the fresh air? These awesome sidewalk chalk ideas for learning are your new best friend!

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    Virtual Excursions Plus Fun Activities Kids Will Love

    A collection of some of the best virtual excursions and learning experiences kids will absolutely love!

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    13 Fun Sight Word Activities for Home and School in 2020

    Learning sight words doesn't need to be mundane. Your children/students will be begging to do these fun and engaging sight word activities.

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    Back to School Books | Book Read for Starting School

    Are you looking for a bright and cheerful back to school book to help littlies get ready for school? Don't miss this book read suitable to share in the classroom or to read at home.

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    6 min read
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    Helping Children Cope with Traumatic Events

    How do you go about helping children cope when there has been a traumatic event, such as Australia's current bushfire emergency? Read our practical hints and tips here.

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    12 Holiday Road Trip Activities for Kids

    Who's looking forward to a school holiday road trip? Enjoy some family time with our 12 Road Trip Activities that the whole family will love!

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    Gifts for Teachers - Hints and Ideas!

    Teachers are kind of a big deal. Choosing gifts for teachers can be tough. Read our top suggestions and ideas from real teachers (you may be surprised!)

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    Supporting Your Child Through Standardised Tests - Ideas for Parents

    How do you best support your child through a period of standardised tests? Read our suggestions to get them (and you) through.

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    8 Christmas Food Ideas for the School Holidays

    A blog packed full of fun and easy Christmas food ideas to share with your family during the school holidays.

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    Should My Child Repeat Kindergarten? | A Teacher-Mother Perspective

    Read all about a teacher mother's journey in the decision of repeating her son in Kindergarten.

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    5 min read
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    How to Talk to About Report Cards With Your Children

    As a parent or carer, we can spend a significant amount of time (over?!) thinking the best way to talk to our kids about their report cards. Here are 5 tips to ensure a meaningful conversation is had!

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    "Quiet Please!" A Parent's Guide to Peacefully Creating Calm

    Find out how to beat the busyness of life with these simple ways of creating calm for yourself and your children.

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    10 Picture Books and Activities About Starting School

    We've looked at these 10 picture books about school in detail, creating activities for each one! Find out why these 'starting school' books are worth reading...

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    Activities to Help Kids Develop Creative Thinking Skills

    How do you teach the kinds of creative thinking skills that kids in the 21st Century really need? Find out here...

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    6 min read
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    Thoughtful Teacher Gift Ideas

    After a lively conversation here in the Teach Starter office about the whole concept of gifts for teachers, here's a little food for thought!

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    Preparing Your Child for High School

    Starting high school is a big change for most kids. Read these tips from teachers to help your child with their high school preparation.

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    Home Reading - A Guide for Parents

    Getting those home readers home for the first time can be both exciting and daunting for parents. Read this blog for some hints and tips for reading at home.

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    Ambidextrous Kids in the Classroom

    Is it ok if my child is ambidextrous? Occupational Therapist Cindy Chuan explores this question and more for parents and teachers of ambidextrous children.

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    3 min read
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    Art Ideas for Kids: Outdoor Line Drawing

    Check out how I took this simple kids art activity and turned into something special! With tips for parents and curriculum links for teachers, this post might just spark your children's creative imagination.

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    3 min read
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    16 Nature Walk Activities for Kids

    Get back-to-nature with 16 fun activities to do on a nature walk with your children.

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    How much does my child need to know before starting school?

    The kindergarten program in Australia teaches a variety of concepts through play-based learning. This is intended to assist children to transition into their first year of schooling. However; it is important to recognise that children will develop at their own pace.

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    Why do Children Fight? Lessons in Moral Development

    Which is your story? You dread the child next door coming over to play; Your child comes home from school crying, “She’s not my friend any more”; You have two children and they are always fighting; You hear from others that your son is a bully; Your child often says, “That’s not fair. She’s got more than me”.

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    Opinion: Time for parents to parent and for teachers to teach

    When our children fail, the scramble is on to lay blame. The system, those within it, the Government – anyone but ourselves.

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    The Powerful Benefits of Storytelling

    There is an old saying, “Richer than I you’ll never be, for I had a parent who read to me”. The benefits of reading can never be doubted however I would like to rewrite this saying and state, “Richer than I you’ll never be, for I had a parent who told stories to me”. In our highly visual world it is vital that children have an opportunity to listen and imagine. My passion is to encourage parents and teachers to include oral storytelling on a regular basis.

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    6 min read