Education

Under Stress Over Assessment

Ordained minister, school guidance counsellor and father of two teenage boys, GEOFF KING offers some insights into NCEA, students’ responses to stress, and how we can support our kids. As a parent, how can I get my head around NCEA? NCEA was introduced quite recently …

What Happens After School

That after-school slot – from 3pm till whenever the workday finishes – needn’t be characterised by lax supervision, chaos and noise. Care after school should be safe, structured, stimulating and socially enriching. And fun too! Driven by this conviction, CRAIG FORTUNE founded My After School …

Hooked on Books

Reading is not something that suddenly happens at school. It starts at home and out in the world, where children’s mileage with language, alongside their experiences, supports their literacy development. KATE BARBER talks with primary-trained teacher and mum, MARCIA KASHIZUKA, about instilling the love of …

Science fun with under 5s!

Sometimes we think that our littlies are too young to understand science. But it’s not just the big school kids who get to have all the fun: we have a great experiment to encourage scientific thinking in your little ones. Water displacement Water displacement was …

Getting kids ready for school

Your child may be starting school for the first time, moving on to middle school/intermediate or high school, or may be changing schools. How do you get them ready? School is such a big part of a child’s life, and adjusting to a school environment …

The Science of Christmas

We may not have the snowflakes, chimney (well most of us in Christchurch don’t anymore!) or the appropriately attired Father Christmas, but we do have a uniquely Kiwi Christmas. Here are a few science-based facts on Christmas to share with your kids (or colleagues). 1.   …

Much Ado About Shakespeare

Much Ado About Shakespeare By Donovan Bixley Upstart Press Paperback $34.99 A light-hearted telling of the life of William Shakespeare, told in short, entertaining paragraphs, matched with quotes from his work. The text is paired with splendid full-page illustrations full of action, showing Shakespeare as …