Supporting Grit Development

In an earlier post, we looked at the activities that help to build grit. In this post, we’re going to explore ways for supporting grit development and gritty behaviours. Just like a personal trainer who helps us work towards our health and fitness goals, we are going to learn how to function like grit trainersContinue reading “Supporting Grit Development”

Story-Based Education for Engaging Student Learning

G2 came home recently and told me that his classroom had been trashed by a troll who came in the middle of the night. If I hadn’t been pre-warned by a teacher from school, I probably would have thought he was telling porky pies. And who could’ve blamed me? It sounded like a scene outContinue reading “Story-Based Education for Engaging Student Learning”

Halloween Dress-up: Pokemon Chandelure Costume

And here we are with the Chandelure costume – number 3 of 3… Now everyone has a costume for Halloween, and just in time, too! How to Make a Chandelure Costume What you will need: 2 sheets of blue felt (60cm x 70cm) – like the ones from Daiso yellow and black felt for the eyes, lanternContinue reading “Halloween Dress-up: Pokemon Chandelure Costume”

Recommended Reading List to Encourage Reading

Accelerated Reader by Renaissance Learning is a reading program that offers comprehension and vocabulary quizzes related to a large collection of book titles so we can see how much our children actually understand from what they’re reading. Comprehension has been found to be particularly important because it is the key to reaping the benefits fromContinue reading “Recommended Reading List to Encourage Reading”

Managing Attention Deficits with Physical Activity

One afternoon, G2 was sitting down to do some Math homework. He seemed to be struggling with it, so I sat down with him to help him out. As we worked on it together, I also noticed he was yawning a lot and his eyes had a glazed over look to them. Realising the pointlessnessContinue reading “Managing Attention Deficits with Physical Activity”

Enquiry Learning – Raising the Next Generation of Problem Solvers

There is a subject at school that the kids do which is called “enquiry learning”. It’s another term I’ve heard floating around but never deeply understood what it meant in the context of learning at school. Sure, I understand what “enquiry” means – it’s asking questions. It conjures the image of a science class whereContinue reading “Enquiry Learning – Raising the Next Generation of Problem Solvers”