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 by David KinnaneWithout Google or Wikipedia, can you name all the members of the Jackson 5?Everyone knows Michael. Most of us over the age of 35 know Jermaine. After a bit of effort, some of us will remember Tito and Marlon. But there’s another one: the member I almost always forget at trivia nights.*Much the same happens when it comes to naming the five, Read more

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Preparing for Naplan

Emotional Health

by Andrew FullerLet’s start by letting you know what NAPLAN is not. It is not a measure of how intelligent you are. It is not a measure of what you are capable of. Your results on NAPLAN don't affect if you pass the year or not.We want you to do your best on NAPLAN but we don’t want you to worry about it. Worry never helps you to do your best. If you have Read more

 Author Val BadhamReprinted with kind permission from SPELDNSWMost children start school already knowing that words are made up of different sounds, are aware of words that rhyme and can identify the beginning sound of a word. This is known as phonemic awareness.Educational research in the past twenty years has identified Read more

Margaret Kristin Merga, Murdoch University and Saiyidi Mat Roni, Edith Cowan University. There is a common perception that children are more likely to read if it is on a device such as an iPad or Kindles. But new research shows that this is not necessarily the case.In a study of children in Year 4 and 6, those who had regular access to devices with eReading Read more

Frank Niklas, University of Melbourne; Caroline Cohrssen, University of Melbourne, and Collette Tayler, University of Melbourne.The next cohort of five-year-olds are just starting school. While parents will be proud and excited about this important step in their child’s life, some will also have concerns.Will my child be happy at school? Will they make Read more

 Lorraine Hammond, Edith Cowan University. Education Minister Simon Birmingham has announced that all Australian six-year-olds will soon be required to do a phonics test.Researchers, parents and others concerned about our system’s failure to identify children who initially struggle to learn to read – and can go on to have a reading disability – have pushed Read more

 Mark Onslow, University of Sydney. Starting school can be daunting for any child. Often it is the first excursion into the world without parent contact. The teacher is a new person in the child’s life, who, among many other things, is a daytime caregiver.For a child who stutters, the school years can be a wonderfully supportive experience. However, those Read more