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help your child to readActivities for Smart Kids is pleased to announce our online reading course through our sister site – Help Your Child to Read .  If you are interested in making sure your child masters the fundamental reading skills, then read on.

“Help Your Child to Read Better” covers all you need to know about developing your child’s ability to read and write in a systematic and step by step way.

With our online course “Help Your Child to Read Better”, you’ll discover how to:

  • Use your skills to prepare activities that will develop your child’s reading and writing.
  • Check your child’s sound awareness and knowledge and show how to blend three letter words and build on them.
  • Teach your child the different spelling of vowels in words.
  • Show how words can have similar spelling patterns.
  • Choose the type of books that support fluent reading.
  • Introduce comprehension skills.

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“Me Time” for Homeschooling Parents

One thing that a lot of homeschooling parents realise is the importance of a little “me time” to themselves. As a relatively new homeschooling Mum (3 years), I certainly have felt the benefits of just a little time every day by myself. Sometimes this will be in the early morning, sometimes in the evening – but whenever it is, it’s certainly something I need every day. But how do you fit this into the daily schedule and just what does one do during this “timeout”?

HOW TO ACHIEVE “ME TIME”

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School Holiday Activities

school holiday activitiesSchool holiday activities are not something that we really have to worry about in our household as my kids seem to find things to occupy themselves, but for many families finding something to keep the kids occupied during the holidays is important. In many Australian states first term has just ended and families are starting two weeks of holidays. During this time, there’s nothing worse than to hear those dreaded statements – “I’m bored”, “What can I do?” or “There’s nothing to do”.

Only three days into this school holidays we’ve already undertaken a bushwalk and started a jigsaw puzzle. We’ve also got a few other things planned for the remaining days. If you are looking for some school holiday activities I’ve put together a few ideas below. Continue reading

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Changing homeschooling routines

changing homeschooling routinesNow in my third year of homeschooling, I’ve discovered that you shouldn’t be afraid of changing homeschooling routines. We’ve almost finished first term in Victoria and already I’ve made multiple changes to our homeschool routine.  This year was a new challenge for me as my second (& youngest) child started school.  Although not overly worried about how to work them together, I did want to make a rough timetable to give myself an idea of what I was covering and when.

I decided I needed to spend at least one hour as “one on one” time with my youngest.  Whilst this was happening, I had planned for my eldest (Grade 2) to complete some work by herself.  This worked really well – for the first week!!! Then different things caused our Continue reading

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Chores – Should children do them?

choresHalfway through last year I decided it was time for my children to start contributing towards the general running of our household. Whilst some people may say that children shouldn’t  do chores, I believe that my children are now old enough to contribute a little towards keeping our house in order. I am one of those parents who struggles with the everyday untidyness that children, and life in general, create. So with my decision made, I sat down to decide which items I thought were suitable for my children.

What Chores To Choose?

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Learning to swim – A vital skill

learning to swimAs most of Australia is blessed with warm weather this summer, so to the number of children using our various waterways increase.  However, this summer has been a particularly tragic one for many families in Australia, with 15 people drowning in NSW between Christmas Day and 5th January alone.  The location of these drownings has varied, from backyard pools to rivers, lakes or ocean.  However these tragedies happened, many families have been left grieving those loved ones taken from them.  This summer it has been apparent that learning to swim is a vital lesson that everyone should have – whether they be child or adult.

What Can Be Done about Learning to Swim?

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