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Friendship Qualities That Are Being Developed In Early Childhood

Babies babbling away in their prams. Toddlers playing in the sandpit. Busy kindergarten children on the climbing frame and getting arty with their paintbrushes. These scenes are all part and parcel of everyday life where babies and children are growing up and starting to explore the world around them. But did you know that kids also learn friendship skills from a very early age?

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The Hills Are Alive with Homeschooling

Be honest, when you picture homeschooling, a scene from Little House on The Prairie may come to mind. Modern homeschooling however, does not include petticoats and chalkboards or math sessions in between plowing the field or canning preserves. Today, in this 21st century digital culture, homeschooling certainly embodies personalized intimate learning engagements, but it also connects student-kids to a world view and a learning environment that extends beyond their living room. And city folk do it too!

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Getting Ready for Exams with Mindfulness

Aiden has worked out his exam preparation timetable, carefully allocating how much time he needs to study each subject. He sits down at his desk in his bedroom to study each night but can’t get started. He checks Facebook, sends texts and generally procrastinates. His capacity to self-regulate his behaviour is limited. Jessica is a conscientious student. She pays attention in class, does her homework and studies for exams. Seated at the exam desk, she reads the first question and has no idea of the answer. She goes to pieces. Anxious thoughts disrupt her capacity to think clearly.

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Tips for Overcoming Exam Stress

As adults we can all cast our minds back to those days back at school when exams were looming and you felt the weight of the world on your shoulders to pass. While some of us thrive on pressure and use it to push ourselves, others aren’t as well equipped to channel it and find stress can be a major distraction for study. In this article we want to touch on some strategies you can adapt to help reduce stress levels from getting so high you struggle to perform.

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Book Week is Only the Beginning

There goes another Book Week – and what a week it was, with students, families and teachers getting excited about literature! As we now launch into Literacy and Numeracy week, I am reminded that my real goal as an educator is to create an interest in reading that will extend throughout the entire year, and indeed a lifetime.

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