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Why your child needs preschool

Now to Love – Jae Fraser

“Parents are realising that preschool is important to give their child a head start when it comes to formal schooling, and that means three-year-olds are being enrolled more than ever.” (more)

Chinese language teachers upskill students for the future

Education HQ – Staff Writer

“Hughes agrees that learning Mandarin is a challenge. “If you live in a Spanish-speaking community, you’re probably reasonably half-fluent in twelve months, it would probably take you the equivalent in Chinese [of] two to two-and-a-half years living in country to get to what we’d consider about a 70 per cent proficiency,” he says. Despite this, Hughes says becoming proficient in the language has big benefits for schoolchildren in the long-run.” (more)

What to do if your child hates reading

News.Com.Au – Lisa Mayoh

“HOW do you turn a child who hates reading into a little bookworm? Much of it begins at home and experts say even the most reluctant little reader can learn to love books if parents and caregivers follow a few simple steps. Start by making it part of family life, every single day. And that doesn’t just mean reading to your child: it means discovering the magic of books and the printed word together.” (more)

How learning a second language gives jobseekers an advantage

Australia News – Melanie Burgess

“IN an increasingly globalised world, colleagues, clients, customers and stakeholders do not always speak the one language. Knowing a foreign language can make many jobs easier and give businesses and jobseekers a competitive edge. The skill is particularly useful in people-facing roles such as in hospitality, care and sales. It is also beneficial when detailed explanations are required, such as in medical, educational and legal fields. But it could be used in industries as broad as trades and IT.”(more)

From concept to classroom – STEM research

Teacher Magazine – Jo Earp

“While the need for STEM-related expertise in the workforce is growing, the number of students choosing STEM subjects at secondary and tertiary level in Australia is stagnating. Although decisions about future pathways are made later on in a student’s school career, teachers in the primary years have an important role to play. A new review offers practical ideas for primary STEM teaching. Translating STEM education research into practice also looks at useful programs for teachers and frameworks for curriculum integration. ‘STEM education can begin from the earliest years and fundamental STEM skills should be established in primary school. The primary years are a time where students are developing a self-belief in their ability as a STEM learner,’ author Christine Rosicka says.”(more)