Email Update May 2012

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e-Update May 2012

FOCUS ON> Learning Sight Words, Math Brain Games, Online Privacy, Creativity/Critical Thinking comps and more!


Welcome to our May issue!

Boy Drawing with Pencils This month we feature some very useful new learning resources for parents with young children.  Are your children having difficulty learning their sight words? Do you want to teach them basic maths principles through fun games?  See our new feature articles.

We also discuss how creative art activities at home help develop children's critical thinking skills... and some engaging things parents can try at home.

Are you concerned about your children's online privacy?  We should all be... and we have some very important information for parents in a new feature article, below.

Coming Soon... backyard nature, teens and sleep...


Happy Parents Raise Happy Kids Workshop - Brisbane, June 3

Better Parenting Skills – Full day workshop: The best way to help your kids is by learning to be their life coach. Being at home, close to your kids, your positive attitude and relationship skills will then make you incredibly valuable to them. Don't miss out!

Click here

AnnouncementNAPLAN... Many of our children will have just finished their NAPLAN tests. Some may have found the tests stressful, or easy, or simply a whole new experience. We would love to read your comments in our forum. Click here.


Don't miss!... Library and Information Week, World Turtle Day, MS Readathon, Sydney Youth Writing Competition... and more. Scroll down for 'event listings' and 'kids competitions'.

New Feature Articles

Boy Drawing with PencilsHow Creative Art at Home Fosters Critical Thinking - by the Editor

Parents take heart – the alarmingly abstract masterpieces produced by your children could be teaching them how to reason like an adult...

Worried Online TeenProtecting Our Children's Online Privacy - by the Editor

Staying safe online is undoubtedly one of the biggest concerns for parents, as our children grow up in a world where they are able to share information with others almost anytime and anywhere...

Number spaghetti on toastBrain Games to Teach Kids Maths - by the Editor

The world often breaks down into numbers and regular patterns that form predictable cycles. And the sooner children can inherently grasp these patterns, the more confident and comfortable they will be with the world of maths...

Father Child Writing10 Tips for Learning the First 100 Sight Words - by Jayneen Sanders

When my daughters were in their first year of school, every week they would come home with a list of sight words to learn (often known as ‘the golden words’) — words such as ‘and’, ‘was’ and ‘put’. If you have ever had a child in their first year of school, you will KNOW what I am talking about!...

More great articles
Special Offers and Member Competitions

Wonder WordsOn Now: The 'Wonder Words' Competition

Enter for your chance to WIN a set of ALL 23 books of this essential educational resource, teaching children their first 100 sight words in a meaningful context, through stories.

...ends May 25.

Australian Backyard NaturalistOn Now: The 'Backyard Nature' Competition

Enter for your chance to WIN a copy of Australian Backyard Naturalist, by Peter Macinnis. Be a naturalist - in your own backyard!  This book will bring the natural world alive for you and your kids.

...ends June 8, 2012.



Just login, and click for your chance to WIN!

Congratulations to:

N. McRae of Waurn Ponds, VIC / S. Le Lievre of Wahgunyah, VIC,
the winners of the YourKidsEd 'Best Start' Competition;
C. Avison, of Morayfield, QLD,
the winner of the YourKidsEd 'Tag Solar System' Competition;
H. Hopley, of Canungra, QLD
the winner of the YourKidsEd Facebook 'Mother's Day' Competition;

Thank you to all our members who entered the draws!

Exhibitions, Events, Activities for your kids!

What's On over the next 4 weeks?

  • World Oceans Day
  • Jelly Baby Month - May
  • About Time SA History Festival - May
  • Sydney Writers Festival - May 14-20
  • National Career Development Week - May 14-20
  • RSPCA Million Paws Walk - May 20
  • Education Week - VIC - May 20-26
  • Library and Information Week - May 20-26
  • ENO Tree Planting Day - May 22
  • National Simultaneous StorytimeWorld Turtle Day - May 23
  • National Simultaneous Storytime - May 23 (pictured)
  • Melbourne Writers Festival program available - May 25
  • Australian Schools National Sorry Day - May 26
  • World No Tobacco Day - May 31
  • National Buddy Day - June 1
  • World Environment Day - June 5
  • World Oceans Day - June 8 (pictured)

Go to Events and Exhibitions

Competitions and Challenges for Kids

  • Competitions for Kids
  • MS Readathon Begins - June 6
  • Sydney Youth Writing Competition - closes June 19
  • ATOM Awards - film, television, animation, multimedia and interactive games - closes June 25

Go to Kids Competitions

This month's featured kids link

StarEnvironmental Health Kids Pages Learn about environmental health through games, puzzles, brainteasers and other activities.  Topics covered include: pandemic flu, hurricanes, DNA, ozone,and careers in health science.

Education and Well-Being News / Recent Posts
  • Schoolkids bonus replaces education tax refund...
  • First national curriculum for Year 11 and 12 students...
  • Comprehensive early childhood data collection underway...

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