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Mark Dunn

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How role-play can impact a child’s development

Posted by Mark Dunn on Nov 14, 2016 6:00:00 AM

Imaginary play or role-playing is an extraordinarily effective way for children of all ages to learn. And it is great fun! That is why so many teachers and child-carers encourage children to adopt roles and pretend.

Role-play is a nursery for creativity and imagination. When a child plays make believe, they recall sights, sounds, smells, taste and sensations from their own experiences and imagine themselves in all manner of scenarios. Children place themselves in contexts where it is safe to explore options, practise behaviours, take risks and make mistakes. In these imaginary places, children are able to experiment with and solve problems. They develop a better awareness of themselves and begin to dream about what they can become as they grow.

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Topics: Parenting tips, Trinity difference, Early years, Raising boys, Early learning, Education

How controlled risk-taking benefits young children

Posted by Mark Dunn on Oct 17, 2016 6:00:00 AM

For many parents, the notion that we might encourage children to take risks is at odds with an instinct to protect our sons and daughters. Yet, controlled risk-taking can be fundamental as we grow as learners and people.

Taking calculated risks underpins many of the activities of successful learners. By denying our children the opportunities to take risk, we may rob them of invaluable early learning opportunities.

We want children to:

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Topics: Parenting tips, Outdoor education, Trinity difference, Early learning, Education

Encouraging responsibility from the early years

Posted by Mark Dunn on Aug 5, 2016 6:00:00 AM

Education is more than learning the reading, writing, counting and social skills necessary to survive and thrive. Underpinning all of the lessons we discover in the journey from childhood to adulthood is the process of gradually accepting greater responsibility for ourselves and becoming less reliant on the adults who support us. Boys and girls enjoy and grow when given responsibility appropriate to their age and abilities. They often thrive when given extra responsibility.

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Topics: Boys' education, Trinity difference, Kindergarten at Trinity, Early years, Early learning, Education

Advantages for choosing private school for kindergarten

Posted by Mark Dunn on Jun 19, 2016 6:00:00 AM

Choosing the right school for your child is an important decision that many parents agonise over. If private schooling is an option, knowing the best year level to commence at the school becomes part of that decision. Some parents feel it is best to wait until high school. Others seek to smooth the transition to high school by enrolling their son or daughter in the upper primary years. Some prefer to maximise the years their child spends at the one school by enrolling in private school for Kindergarten. No single entry-point will be right for every child but many do benefit from an earlier commencement. So what are the potential advantages for choosing private school for Kindergarten for your son or daughter?

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Topics: Boys' education, Early years, Boys learning, Early learning, Education

How to improve your relationship with your son

Posted by Mark Dunn on Nov 23, 2015 6:00:00 AM

Many parents are anxious about how to relate to their son as he grows through the primary years, especially as he approaches adolescence. Some fathers question their role; dad or mate? Many mothers are daunted by the challenges of relating to their son as he grows in strength of will and body, especially if they are a single parent or doing the bulk of the parenting.

So what can a parent do to develop and maintain a great relationship with their son in the primary years that will set a terrific trajectory for the adolescent years?

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Topics: Parenting tips, Risks, Raising boys