For many families, reading aloud to children is a much-loved part of the bedtime routine. But how long do you continue to read aloud to children? Once they become competent readers and start to enjoy reading independently, it’s natural to assume that we don’t need to read aloud as often.
To be literate, is to be capable of listening, reading, viewing, speaking, writing, and using and modifying language for different purposes in a range of different contexts. Students develop literacy skills as they learn to use language confidently to communicate inside and outside of school. Developing literacy skills is about more than just gaining knowledge – it is about students becoming effective learners who are confident and motivated to use their communication skills broadly. We’ve put together a list of fun ways to help your child develop literacy skills.
What happens in the first few years of a child’s life forms the foundations for the rest of his life. The early years of child development are a time where experiences irreversibly affect how the brain develops. Nurturing from a parent or a caregiver during this time supports healthy brain development and sets children up for success in school and in life.
Whilst serving as a rest for students, school holidays can often have the opposite effect on parents by putting them under stress to find fun things to do to occupy their children. The cost of keeping kids entertained is also rising, with the ‘Bank of Mum and Dad’ taking increasingly bigger hits during school breaks.
At Trinity Grammar School we asked staff and students, “Which book changed your life?” in support of the Copyright Agency’s ‘This Book Changed My Life’ social media campaign. The ‘This Book Changed My Life’ campaign asks Australians to upload their own stories and make a pledge to respect creators by agreeing to pay for books and eBooks, attribute creators and ask permission when using material in their own creations.
According to a report developed by the Royal Children’s Hospital Melbourne, the majority of Australian children across all age groups are exceeding the current national recommended guidelines for screen time. Further, the report found that two-thirds of primary school-aged children have their own mobile screen-based device.
Learning to write takes perseverance and practice. Young children can easily become frustrated and even fearful about writing. Often, writing tasks present the first opportunities for a child to utilise independent thought, so it can be quite daunting.
In Trinity news, Senior School students were invited to submit work for the 2018 Dorothea Mackellar Poetry Awards. The competition is the largest and oldest of its kind in Australia, attracting thousands of entries each year. While all boys are to be congratulated on their participation, special mention must go to Darcy Edwards and Liam Scott of Year 12.
In Trinity News: The annual Trinity Junior School Writing Competition, drawing its theme of ‘Find Your Treasure’ from Book Week, saw students from Years 3 to 6 construct imaginative text using images as visual prompts. “I’ve thoroughly enjoyed seeing students excel in writing through this wonderful competition,” said Merilyn Ormes, Director of Curriculum/PYP Coordinator at Trinity Grammar School. “Their imagination and creativity never fail to surprise me,” continued Merilyn.
Research from both Australia and overseas consistently shows that girls outperform boys in literacy, while boys outperform girls in numeracy. The reasons why are less about gender and more about a complex mix of socio-economic status and other factors.