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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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    12 Summer Road Trip Activities for Kids

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

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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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    COVID-19: Teach Starter's Support for Schools, Teachers, Parents, and Students Affected

    As the global impact of Coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to evolve, both our Teach Starter members' success in and out of the classroom, and our team’s well-being, is paramount. Our hearts go out to the people who have been affected and we appreciate those around the world who are on the front line working to contain the virus.

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    5 min read
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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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    "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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    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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    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, Shes 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, Thats not fair. Shes got more than me.

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    Screen Media Time: Source of Conflict or Opportunity?

    The seductive power of digital media has left parents and teachers conflicted about how best to navigate a wise-path with children.

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    The Powerful Benefits of Storytelling

    There is an old saying, Richer than I youll 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 youll 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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    5 min read