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Are mixed-grade classes any better or worse for learning?

Often when students are placed in a composite or multi-age class, parents of the younger children worry they won’t be able to keep up. Parents of the older children worry their advanced needs won’t be met.

However, before deciding whether mixed-grade classes are “good” or “bad” for your child, first we have to establish what it is you want out of school – is it the best academic achievement, a focus on social-emotional development, a strong friendship grou read more

Why don’t all kids do well at school?

The new school year has just begun. Parents may be feeling nervous about sending their children off to school. What if they don’t like school? What if school doesn’t like them? What if they don’t do well? Who is to blame? If a child doesn’t do well at school, whose fault is it? Is it more info read more

How to spot an Autism Spectrum Disorder in school-age children

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD; which now includes former diagnostic labels such as Autistic Disorder and Asperger syndrome) is a life-long neuro-developmental disorder. It first shows itself early in life, emerging across toddlerhood and into the preschool years.
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Two-hour screen limit for kids is virtually impossible to enforce

By Michael Rosenberg, University of Western Australia; Simon Hunter, Strathclyde University, and Stephen Houghton, University of Western Australia

It’s almost universally recommended that for optimal physical and mental health, children engage in 60 minutes of physical activity each day and limit the time they spend watching TV, playing computer games, and surfing the net on various devices.

In 2001, the American Academy of Paediatrics released guidelines recommending children under two years have no screen exposure and children over two should have no more than two hours for entertainment per day. read more

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Are mixed-grade classes any better or worse for learning?

Often when students are placed in a composite or multi-age class, parents of the younger children worry they won’t be able to keep up. Parents of the older children worry their advanced needs won’t be met.

However, before deciding whether mixed-grade classes are “good” or “bad” for your child, first we have to establish what it is you want out of school – is it the best academic achievement, a focus on social-emotional development, a strong friendship grou read more

Why don’t all kids do well at school?

The new school year has just begun. Parents may be feeling nervous about sending their children off to school. What if they don’t like school? What if school doesn’t like them? What if they don’t do well? Who is to blame? If a child doesn’t do well at school, whose fault is it? Is it more info read more

How to spot an Autism Spectrum Disorder in school-age children

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD; which now includes former diagnostic labels such as Autistic Disorder and Asperger syndrome) is a life-long neuro-developmental disorder. It first shows itself early in life, emerging across toddlerhood and into the preschool years.
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