How Do You Prepare For NAPLAN? Part 2 -Language Conventions

Punctuation Saves Lives
Punctuation Saves Lives!  From Punctuation Mark by Belinda Ellis

The Language Conventions test is probably the hardest to learn without direct instruction.  Direct instruction does not have to come from worksheets. Children can learn far more from fluid conversations and discussion with modelling of concepts.  The mechanics of language are learned overtime and there is a tendency to push this earlier and earlier. All this knowledge will come with time, practice and experience.  These conventions are not in oral language and so have to be consciously learned.  Rote learning will not concrete any concepts. It is only in the concrete that children can then adapt and process this knowledge to use it further. Continue reading “How Do You Prepare For NAPLAN? Part 2 -Language Conventions”

How Do You Prepare For NAPLAN? Part 1 – Reading

NAPLAN jingle
A jingle we use to calm the nerves

Love it or hate it the standardized test is here to stay, at least for a while yet!  There is no doubt that many schools now teach to the test and this is a sad state of affairs but who can blame them? We live in a world of statistics and tables and everybody is running for first place. Continue reading “How Do You Prepare For NAPLAN? Part 1 – Reading”

Books That Encourage Conversation With Your Kids

Depression - let's talk about it
Let’s talk about it!

The World Health day campaign this year is called Depression -Let’s talk about it! Depression affects people of all ages and it doesn’t matter who you are or where you come from.  Depression is now the second leading cause of death among 15-29 year old according to the World Health Organisation.  Yet, the sad thing is that depression can be prevented and is treatable. Continue reading “Books That Encourage Conversation With Your Kids”

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