Summer vacation is a long entrenched tradition for Australian schoolchildren and their families, but new research is showing that this practice may not be the best when it comes to helping kids get the most out of their educational experience.
In fact, for some kids, a few months off in the summer can lead to major setbacks in school, including loss of knowledge, particularly information that has not been “bedded down” during the term.
At-risk students experience the biggest loss; the exact group that can least afford to do so!
So, in order to provide kids with the opportunity to revise previously learned material and “step up” to the demands of the 2017 school year, Fremantle Speech Pathology Services is running school holiday courses during the final two weeks of January for students from Pre-primary to Year.
Think of them as a sort of “Summer School” designed to refresh and rehearse key concepts.
There will be 5 different groups, each one tailored to achieve very specific goals:
1. The “Head Start into Year 1” group will focus on teaching students elements of phonological awareness and synthetic phonics as well as story telling. This is suitable for students in Year 1 in 2017
2. The “Writing Narratives” group will focus on teaching students about the elements of narrative construction. This is suitable for students in Year 3, 4 & 5 in 2017.
3. The “Writing to Persuade” group (intermediate level) will focus on teaching students about the elements of writing persuasive texts. This is suitable for students in Year 6, 7 & 8 in 2017.
4. The “Writing to Persuade” group (advanced level) will focus on teaching students about the elements of writing successful speeches, feature articles and persuasive texts. This is suitable for students in Year 8, 9 & 10 in 2017.
5. The “Text Analysis & Essay Construction” group will focus on the important aspects of the ATAR English Course including text analysis and effective essay writing.
For more information, call or email the clinic. All courses are conducted by experienced Speech Pathologists, who specialise in literacy development.