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By Renee Irving-Lee, Children’s Book Author © 2019 Learning LinksIt's homework time again and there’s nothing but tears, refusal, arguments, tantrums, meltdowns or complete avoidance and procrastination. Grrrrrrrrrr!!!!! Why does homework have to be such an epic battle every night?Sound familiar?Homework can be challenging, difficult and down-right painful in some households, Read more

By Renee Irving-Lee, Children’s Book Author © 2019 Learning LinksSpeech and language development is a critical step in nurturing the foundation of communication, self-expression and literacy. Children develop speech and language skills at vastly different rates, and sometimes this can leave parents worried about their own child’s development, particularly if they seem to be speaking Read more

by Dr Samantha Hornery, Therapy and Education Manager. It's so important to be prepared for parent-teacher interviews. It's usually a short period of time and the meeting can fly by before you’ve had a chance to ask any real questions about your child. Here are our top tips to be prepared for this upcoming chat, with the key questions for your child's Read more

By Renee Irving-Lee, Children’s Book Author © 2018 Learning LinksThe best way to describe the term ‘hidden curriculum’ is the information in life that everybody automatically knows without ever being explicitly taught. These pieces of information are usually the unwritten rules or customs, the nuances of social communications or the assumptions and expectations within different 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

Once upon a time I wrote an article about Smarties that rose from a four-year-old’s birthday party.His mother had made him a birthday cake and decorated it with Smarties. From this, young Nigel and I engaged in a vigorous mathematical conversation. He was a lively young fellow and remembers that he had four candles on his birthday cake and that it was cut into eight pieces – one for each Read more

The completion of homework is an issue in many families with parents having difficulty getting their children to initiate and complete homework. However, before we endeavour to provide you with guidelines to do so, there are some important issues to be aware of.Homework ought to be a purposeful learning experience directly related to the work done in the classroom. It should be interesting Read more

Best practice tells us that young children learn best through play.When children enter school, however, it seems we strip away the fun and believe that learning at home occurs through explicit instruction and set formal homework sheets and text. In addition, when children enter school many parents feel that learning is something that they may no longer be best placed to Read more