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How to prepare your child for school in a few easy steps

The Telegraph – Anita Griggs

“Parents with a child starting school in September will doubtless be feeling a sense of excitement coupled with a tinge of nerves and even sadness at the end of an era – an era when the parent was the absolute centre of their child’s world. The first day of school is undoubtedly a key rite of passage. This is the start of a new adventure: playing and interacting with new friends, sharing, taking turns and settling into a new routine. But of course, this is not the start of your child’s education which began at at birth, since when you will have been your child’s most influential teachers. During this time at home your child will have learnt more than at any other period in his or her life.”(more)

Asking Open-Ended Questions Could Help Early Learners Improve Vocabulary

Education World – Nicole Gorman

“It’s nearly universally understood at this point how important early learning is to a child’s future development. A new article from The Sun Sentinel claims that part of early learning should focus heavily on improving young children’s vocabulary skills- by frequently asking them open-ended questions. Veteran early education teacher Stephanie Collao told The Sun Sentinel “that one of the most important things parents can do to bridge any word gap is to engage their toddlers and preschoolers with open-ended questions and the conversations that follow.” According to Collao and many other early education pros, promoting these kinds of activities helps prepare kids for school and beyond- regardless of their families’ economic status.”(more)

Edible enriching educational exercises

The Dalton Daily Citizen – Liz Swafford

“One of the most enjoyable aspects of my job as a non-formal environmental educator for the Dalton-Whitfield Solid Waste Authority is the opportunity to lead students visiting our recycling center and landfill for a tour in educational activities that they normally wouldn’t do at school. Lessons about the carrying capacity of a habitat, the life cycle of a tree or those about identifying the right things to recycle are disguised as fun games. Usually the games are so entertaining that students don’t realize they’re learning until the game is over. As fun as the recycling relay race and other games are, the most memorable lessons tend to be the ones with an edible component. Yes, you read that right — edible. I have found that adding an edible component to an otherwise stale lesson enriches a student’s educational experience. When there’s food involved a two-dimensional lesson printed on a worksheet can become a three-dimensional object that students can touch, move, see, smell and — if the teacher allows — eat.”(more)

Mental Health In Schools: A Hidden Crisis Affecting Millions Of Students

NPR – Meg Anderson and Kavitha Cardoza

“Up to one in five kids living in the U.S. show signs or symptoms of a mental health disorder in a given year. So in a school classroom of 25 students, five of them may be struggling with the same issues many adults deal with: depression, anxiety, substance abuse. And yet most children — nearly 80 percent — who need mental health services won’t get them. Whether treated or not, they do go to school. And, the problems these children face can play a big role in the major problems found in schools: chronic absence, low achievement, disruptive behavior and dropping out.”(more)

Why learning a foreign language is so important in 21st Century Britain

The Blasting News – Violet O’Gorman

“Earlier this month, A-level and GCSE students over the country received results for a range of subjects. One subject area that has been on the decline, however, is #Languages. The number of students taking language subjects at GCSE and A-level has been falling every year. This year, the BBC reported further decline in the number of students taking languages, stating that “entries for French [GCSE] had more than halved in the past two decades.” Lower numbers of modern languages entries compared to other subjects, such as sciences and maths, has been attributed to school funding pressures. It is challenging to find qualified teaching staff for languages, leaving institutions unable to fund smaller class groups.”(more)