Author Archive | David Hornsby

Reading to kids pays off

Literacy advocates say magic happens when a young child is read to regularly. Research shows that the love of reading at an early age is key to success in school and later life. Published on The News Leader website. Read the full article.

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Setting Young Minds Free

Chris Bonner (a board member of Big Picture Education Australia) takes the latest fads in schooling with a pinch of salt but one project to help disadvantaged children has made him a convert. Published in The Sydney Morning Herald. Read the full article.

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Language Gap for disadvantaged children

ONE in five Melbourne four-year-olds have difficulty using or understanding language, a new study has found, putting them at risk of long-term learning difficulties. The study of 1900 children, published today in the journal Pediatrics, found that social disadvantage played a major role in the language outcomes of four-year-olds – despite having little effect at […]

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Kids have no time for play

Time for play and having a childhood is being sacrificed in the race for higher marks at school. Parents have told the Herald their children are doing too much homework – up to an hour or more a day in kindergarten. While some say they have opted out of forcing too much homework on their children, […]

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New thinking backs daydream believers

There is mounting evidence amongst brain researchers and psychologists that daydreaming is good for us. It helps students to plan and to develop self-regulation. Daydreaming has been an important factor for creative, successful scientists who have really advanced things. Schools need to recognise the power of daydreaming. Schools could benefit by allowing brief periods where […]

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The Case for $320,000 Prep/Kinder teachers

How much do your kindergarten teacher and classmates affect the rest of your life? Economists have generally thought that the answer was not much. Great teachers and early childhood programs can have a big short-term effect. But the impact tends to fade. By junior high and high school, children who had excellent early schooling do […]

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