If your child hasn’t taken to secondary school like a duck to water, don’t stress too much. There will be many others in the same boat (choppy water). And keep in mind that no transition issue is unsolvable.
There are so many practical strategies that parents can use to help children develop important attributes before hitting the gates of the new secondary school. These attributes can help every child be happier and do their very best academically, emotionally and socially at the secondary level. [Read more…]
In many respects, the personal attributes which are so important at the secondary level, are also important during the primary school years. The foundation of these personal attributes are laid during the early years. Happiness and success at secondary school are so much more attainable if students have developed these attributes to a reasonable level before reaching secondary school.
All young people will need to be able to confidently face interviews well before completing secondary school. Many will have an interview as part of the tertiary selection process for some courses. Fortunately, a growing number of tertiary institutions and employers are recognizing that marks alone are not a reliable indication of the full potential of applicants.
Homework does not have to be an ugly topic of conversation. If approached with a positive outlook, homework can actually provide an opportunity for parents to form a closer relationship with their children.
Homework is a contentious issue but it doesn’t have to dominate lives and destroy peace of mind. There are sound reasons why homework is important and practical strategies to keep it under control.
It’s crucial that students get on top of homework as early as possible when they hit the new secondary school. A positive and organised approach will save countless hours of frustration and many headaches down the track. Parents can do so much to help in this important area.