Do you find the over-use of exclamation marks annoying? Do you think online texting and social media sites have led to a pandemic of exclamationism? If so, read on!!!
A parent’s instinct is remarkable! Even when school says everything is fine, the parental antennae can detect when their child is not doing their best. What triggered the message that you are picking up?
If I had a penny........ Seriously, this is mentioned in most (if not all) the enquiries I get for MagiKats. So, if you think it makes you abnormal, think again!
I’ve been so proud this week to see the new school uniforms on some of my students; to see them growing up. Some are beaming but most look tired!
A recent article in The Telegraph led with the headline, “Private tutoring is abhorrent says private school head.” (read it here) The position taken by the piece was that if a child needs tutoring to get into a school, then the school is probably not for them. I agree – to a point.
How old were you when you started school? I was five, having had my birthday in August. Back then nobody really went to school any earlier so I was very much the youngest in my class.
Are you one of those parents who, without realising it, has been quietly mulling over the comments made either in your child’s report at the end of last term or at the parent teacher meetings you recently attended?
As the summer holidays draw to a close, children can feel nervous about their return to school – new teachers, new classmates, new challenges and tasks.
There have been lots of headlines created by the press about the forthcoming changes to the UK National Curriculum – but how does the average parent find out the facts?
The other day, whilst reading an article about the merits of study in the school holidays, I found myself reflecting on what I used to do in the school holidays.
Some new parents ask that their children be given more homework. This is a natural thought. They can see their child making good progress on 5 or 10 minutes a day so it seems a perfectly logical expectation that they could be ready to go to university by year 7 if only they did half an hour a day! Unfortunately, rather like pensions, what you put in does not necessarily relate to what you get out.
I've just read an excellent article by Alice Pung in today's Weekend Australian and The Monthly magazine. My favourite quote from that article is this one: "Even private schools are beginning to acknowledge a coached student may not necessarily have the type of rounded, inquisitive mind that they are after.