Monday, April 25, 2011

Like Father, Like Son.....

Are you influencing your child well? What you do matters.A lot. 

Kids' who read, succeed!!! Cheers :-)

24 Free Apps

If your family has an iPod or and iPad there are many terrific learning apps available to enable your children to learn.

Just for April...Don't miss out There are many free early learning apps for your iPod or iPad from:

24 Free Apps

You can also visit MOMSwithapps Moms With Apps is a collaborative group of family-friendly developers seeking
to promote quality apps for kids and families. Their app catalog is now available on iTunes.

If you have trouble getting your iPhone or iPad back off your kids you could try this handy app:
Screen Time is a simple app that allows you to set limits on the amount of time you children use an iPhone or iPad. Set a time length, press start and pass it to you children. After the time expires, a series of notifications will prevent your children from using the  device until you enter the correct passcode.
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Saturday, April 16, 2011

Protect yourself and your family

Be informed! Don't get tricked.

The ACMA's media release - The ACMA targets computer virus telemarketers - 24 March 2011
‘Scams beware’ on Microsoft Australia’s Government Affairs blog - GovTech or contact Microsoft Customer Service on 13 20 58.
The ACMA’s consumer alert: Computer virus scam calls 
SCAMwatch radar July 2010: Telemarketing scam: your computer has a virus!

You can list your number on the Do Not Call Register, or make a complaint about a telemarketing call or marketing fax you received, by calling 1300 792 958 or visiting

Kids' who read, succeed!!! 
Cheers :-)

Start early...finish strong

Why Your Child Should Read at least 20 Minutes Every Night 

Let's figure it out--mathematically!
At the start of school:
Student A reads 20 minutes five nights of every week;
Student B reads only 4 minutes a night...or not at all!

1st: Multiply minutes a night x 5 times each week.

Student A reads 20 minutes x 5 times a week = 100 mins./week
Student B reads 4 minutes x 5 times a week = 20 minutes

2nd: Multiply minutes a week x 4 weeks each month.

Student A reads 400 minutes a month.
Student B reads 80 minutes a month.

3rd: Multiply minutes a month x 9 months/school year.

Student A reads 3600 minutes in a school year.
Student B reads 720 minutes in a school year.

Student A practices reading the equivalent of ten whole school days a year.
Student B gets the equivalent of only two school days of reading practice.

By the end of 6th grade, if Student A and Student B maintain these same reading habits,

Student A will have read the equivalent of 60 whole school days.
Student B will have read the equivalent of only 12 school days.

One would expect the gap of information retained will have widened considerably and so, undoubtedly, will school performance. How do you think Student B will feel about him/herself as a student?

Think about it:

Which student would you expect to...

read better?
know more?
write better?
have a better vocabulary?
be more successful in school....and in life?

Source: U.S. Dept. of Education , America Reads Challenge. (1999) "Start Early, Finish Strong: How to Help Every Child Become a Reader." Washington , D.C.

Kids' who read, succeed!!! Cheers :-)

Sunday, April 3, 2011

4th Annual World Autism Awareness Day

Message for 2011


Autism Spectrum Australia (Aspect) is the country's largest not-for-profit autism specific service provider.  Our vision is 'to overcome the isolation of autism' and our mission is to 'build confidence and capacity with people who have an autism spectrum disorder, their families and communities by providing information, education and other services.'

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