Extra-Murals: How Much is Too Much?

South African schools pride themselves on their sporting and cultural prowess, with long traditions of undying team spirit and meritorious achievements which mostly happen after school and during weekends. The idea of extra-mural activity has some parents in a quandary, while some encourage dedication to it full time. But how much is too much, particularly at Primary School level; the beginning of your child's long school career?

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10 Foods That Will Help You Study

We all do it. We snack on bad, sugar-laden foods while we study. It’s a necessity, surely. We need to keep our sugar levels up in order to stay awake so that we are able to study those late nights for our exam.

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How to Study for Exams like a Pro

It’s the night before your big maths exam and you are STRESSED. You’re cramming in work, books are everywhere, chip packets are strewn across the floor, your friends are begging you to stop calling them for help and that Red Bull you inhaled is just not working anymore. This is the moment where you tell yourself yet again that you will start to study sooner next time. Disaster seems imminent. Sound familiar?

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CAPS Explained

Curriculum Assessment Policy Statements or CAPS. It is a revision of the current National Curriculum Statement (NCS). With the introduction of CAPS, every subject in each grade will have a single, comprehensive and concise policy document that will provide details on what teachers need to teach and assess on a grade-by-grade and subject-by-subject basis. This curriculum review has the aim of lessening the administrative load on teachers, and ensuring that there is clear guidance and consistency for teachers when teaching.

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School readiness

Guidelines on how to tell if your child is ready for school. In South Africa, a child can either enter Primary school when they are 5 years old, providing they turn 6 by the end of June otherwise they have to enter school the year they turn 7. If you are unsure whether your child is ready or not then it is advisable to have a comprehensive school readiness test done. However, the following article should provide you with further insight.

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The Four Most Common Goals of Misbehaviour

Undue Attention – People, young and old desire and need attention.  But someone who needs attention all the time will resort to behaviour to keep others busy with him or to get special treatment.  

Part 2 of A Naughty Child Is A Discouraged Child!

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A Naughty Child Is A Discouraged Child!

We are social beings. We live in a social system and are governed by rules and regulations that make up our society. As children we strive to find our place first in our family, then in school and then in society. From infancy our earliest attempts are in finding ways to belong and to be significant. Our behaviour is goal oriented. We continue behaviours that result in being included and we abandon behaviours that exclude us.

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Tossing Playground Rules

When one New Zealand school tossed its playground rules and let students risk injury, the results were surprising AUCKLAND, New Zealand — It was a meeting Principal Bruce McLachlan awaited with dread.

One of the 500 students at Swanson School in a northwest borough of Auckland had just broken his arm on the playground, and surely the boy’s parent, who had requested this face-to-face chat with its headmaster, was out for blood.

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How to Study for Exams

Exams are a necessary and stressful part of education. Since they are so important, you need to study in ways that get the best results. Here are some ways to improve your study skills. Adapt them to your needs and environment to make the best of your education.

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Using Correct Tools To Determine Your Child’s Future

In the last six months my step-daughter (Grade 12) has been living with us, we have seen many of her school leaving friends been very disappointed that they are unable to fulfill thier dreams, simply because of poor subject choices. We asked Dr. Tracey Stewart (Expert in Developmental Psychology and ECD in Private Practice - Headwiseonline2u.co.za) to write an article for us that outlines the importance of subject choices and what we as parents can do to assist our children to reach their full potential.

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The Pro’s & Con’s Of “The Gap Year”

Knowing that matriculation is just around the corner brings to most late teenagers a knowing that the future now holds a certain amount of freedom and that there are infinite possibilities in that freedom.  The possibilities rest alluringly in this age-group who is just beginning to acquaint themselves with their own character - their vulnerabilities and their strengths.  It is the fragile emotional interaction taking place now that can determine whether freedom is a gift or a curse. As the more experienced of the two, and very likely the banker, it is up to you to guide your teenager in their most suitable direction.  

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Choosing a school: Public or Private

The South African education system is made up of three different types of schools: independent or private; public or government; and Model C, or Former Model C schools.  Private education is more expensive than public education – but can offer remarkably high standards of education. Model C schools are government schools and are administered and largely funded by the parent body. Some of the country’s best schools also fall into this category, and fees are somewhere between private and government rates.

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How to Memorize

To memorize is to store information in your brain for reuse later.  The definition of memory is the power or act of remembering.  The definition of remembering is to recall, to bring back to mind by an effort.

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The Positive Influence of Being Involved in your Child's Education

It has been shown many times over in research studies that a parent who is involved in their child's education has a positive impact. It's reflected in improved grades and test scores, strong attendance, a higher rate of homework completion, higher graduation rates, improved attitudes and behaviors in the child, as well as the child being more likely to become involved in positive extra-curricular activities. Send out the message early in your child's education that your home is an involved and active supporter of their learning.

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What is a Montessori School?

Montessori Education emphasizes learning through all of the senses, not just listening, watching or reading. Children in Montessori classes learn at their own individual pace, and according to their own choice of activities from hundreds of possibilities. Here's what you need to know about this independent schooling system, and if its right for your child.

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