Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

It's Not Homework, It's Helping

Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

It's Not Homework, It's Helping

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Byline: Mariel Dawson


KAREN Campbell's tips for parents to help encourage effective comprehension skills

Talk about the book with your child.

Ask them what they think the book is going to be about.

Make sure they have prior knowledge of subject matter

For young children, read the book to them first.

Predicting what the word could be.

Reading on to the end of the sentence, then returning to work out the word.

Rereading the sentence.

Looking for clues in pictures, captions, diagrams, photos etc.

Sounding the word out.Looking for little words in the bigger word. Looking for sound chunks.

The following questions are examples of what parents should be asking:

Can you tell me what happened in the story?

Who is your favourite character and why?

Why do you think ... happened?

Could the author have ended the story in a different way?

What is the message that the author is trying to convey?

HOMEWORK. It is most likely the furthest thing from a child's mind during the summer school holidays.

But while most students see the long break as a time to chill-out and escape from schoolwork, Sunshine Coast teachers Karen Campbell and Katrina Kahler see the holiday period as the perfect opportunity for parents to help bolster children's academic skills.

Shying away from the term ahomeworka, Ms Campbell said taking part in educational learning activities with kids over the school holidays gave parents the chance to sit down with their children and help them to catch up with their schoolwork and get them confident and ready to tackle the new school year.

aExtra help from parents at home can make all the difference to their children's educational success,a Ms Campbell said.

aThat little extra help can mean the difference between failing and succeeding.a

Ms Campbell encouraged parents to take a creative and fun approach to learning activities over the holidays. …

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