An Introduction (1)
- This is a series of some 70 plus short weekly articles that were prepared for the parents and community of Broulee Public school that are designed to assist the parents, grandparents and carers of pre-primary and primary school children better understand what they can do to improve the chance of their children being successful at school in an increasingly digital world.
- The articles are short, practical, based on the latest research and hopefully easy to understand.
- Mal Lee, the educational author and consultant – http://www.malleehome.com - has prepared the series in conjunction with a local graphic artist Greg McKay and the Principal and staff of Broulee Public School (PS).
- Jesse Rowan, a parent of Broulee PS has come on board to provide practical support for Mal’s research.
- The initiative is part of Broulee Public’s Collaborative Schooling program that aims to involve its parents, grandparents and carers more fully in the education of their children, and to work collaboratively with them in enhancing their understanding of the developmental process and improving their son’s and daughter’s success at school.
- That initiative is based on the research that reveals that it is the home learning culture – the support given by the parents, grandparents and/or carers – that is one the most important factors in the educational success of your children. (Chowdry, 2009)
- Professor Bob Strom put it very powerfully when he said:
expensive gift you can buy your children is your time’ (Strom & Strom, 2010
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- The parent is the primary educator. You’ll have devoted countless hours developing the educational building blocks with your children before they set foot in the school. While the teachers will play a very important part in your child’s schooling this series will reveal how much better that education can be if you work more collaboratively with them.
- It will become increasingly clear that there will be areas of learning that must be handled primarily by the parent, or in some situations by the grandparent or carer.
- The school is very aware that in many families where mum and dad work, or the single parent works as well as raising the children the grandparent/s and carer/s play a vital role in educating the young – particularly after school. That is great, but it is thus important that they are also able to work collaboratively with the teachers in schooling the children.
- In putting together this series it is to be hoped all of us will learn together. This kind of joint exercise hasn’t been attempted before. We will value your feedback. Below you’ll see the chance to make a comment. We would love to hear your thoughts.
- If you click here you’ll be taken to the list of planned topics. If at any point you’d like to see others added please let us know, such that we all can learn.