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Talking to your child during first four years significantly increases their achievement levels in high school

Thursday, August 11, 2016
At the recent Australian Council of Educational Leaders (ACEL) Early Childhood conference, a visiting professor from Oxford University shared some of his research from Britain that followed children from birth to 16 years of age. It overwhelming showed that children who hear lots of oral language from people around them and have books read to them each day do much better at primary and secondary school. He said that poor literacy at school level had its roots in the early childhood year ..read more

Could finding patterns in finger painting be the first step to educating a tech genius?

Tuesday, April 05, 2016
According to a recent article in the Australian Financial Review, one of the world’s most senior women in the fast growing cyber security industry says kindergarten children should be the focus of government attempts to boost the number of tech-savy workers because many students – especially girls – have already given up on maths and science. The article states that instead of waiting until high school to teach algebra to a shrinking number of boys and girls, teaching a ..read more

What are the steps when learning to count?

Wednesday, February 24, 2016
The first steps of learning to count start by using a sequence of counting words, starting from one. Once children become familiar with the sequence e.g. 1,2,3 they are able to then start identifying the number that comes before for after a number without having to start at one. Counting forwards and backwards is essential knowledge for early addition and subtraction, and strategies such as counting on and counting back. So what does our Kindy Curriculum say about learning to count ..read more

How are they going to be ready for prep when they play all day?

Wednesday, February 24, 2016
This is the question that many parents including yourself may have wondered when you hear what today’s Prep children are learning when they start formal schooling. At Grandma’s Place we are not just getting your child ready for Prep but ready to learn in an environment where play is the core of everyday learning opportunities. For example, children learn about numbers from everyday opportunities that mean something to them. Let’s look at counting forwards and backwards ..read more