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International Day of Peace

International Day of Peace

Peace Building

Peace One Day Educational Resources

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home_reading_helpThis is the second in the series, “How to help your child with reading homework.” Last we spoke about helping your child become an independent reader suggesting that it’s best to give your child control in the process of reading, for example they hold the book and turn the pages themselves. Teacher talk for this is being,  “a guide from the side” not “a sage from the stage.”

Today we expand on that theme and answer the question, “What do you do when your child stumbles over words or stops and looks at you, wanting you to supply the word they can’t read?”

Do you just tell them the word? In most cases, my answer will be no. Why not? [click to continue…]


goalsHow do you get your teenager to buy into being organised?

If you have a teenager at home you’ll know deciding things for themselves is very important to them. Just telling them doesn’t work anymore, does it?

Here’s a way for them to discover that getting organised, setting goals and planning time are vital skills if they want to have choices when they leave school.

I’ve used this technique successfully, both at home with my own teenager and at school with teenage students.

Start a discussion that goes like this: Suppose you were told in 12 months time to the exact day, you had to attend a meeting at 5:00 p.m. at a location in a town 100 kilometers away called Goals. You were given a car and knew how to drive. You were told that it was vitally important that you arrived to the meeting on time because at the meeting, you had the opportunity to sign up for things you wanted to do for the rest of your life. If you missed the meeting, you would have to settle for the things the other kids didn’t want. [click to continue…]