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Jane Shearer

Jane Shearer is a freelance writer. While volunteering with a charity at college, she fell in love with the power of art to help all kinds of people. For most of the last decade, she's worked as a counsellor using art for this very purpose though since becoming a mom for the second time, Jane has taken a step back to share her philosophy through writing instead.

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How Olfactory Senses Can Help Kids Learn

Posted by Jane Shearer on April 28, 2022 at 2:40 PM

With only around a hundred receptors, the olfactory system can detect millions of scent-packed molecules on a daily basis. Kids have greater sensitivity to smells than adults, but everyone is affected by the powerful connection that smell and memory have evolved to share. Now, neurologists are uncovering more about how the olfactory system can be used as a tool for learning in young children.

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Topics: Memory, Learning

How To Get Young Children Interested in STEM Subjects

Posted by Jane Shearer on March 29, 2022 at 10:38 AM

There have been various reports over the past few years about the shortfall in technically qualified workforces in Australia. These shortfalls have led leaders in STEM-based careers to predict that Australia might be unable to compete on the global scientific and technological forefront.

The solution to this problem, however, is simple. Parents and teachers need to focus on getting children interested in STEM subjects from an early age. In doing so they can help to create a generation that can compete and contribute on a global level.

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Topics: Learning, Careers, Teaching

How to Help Your Child Settle into a New Primary School

Posted by Jane Shearer on December 7, 2021 at 3:15 PM

Every year many children move to a new school.

And as Covid makes working from home more common, prompting parents to relocate away from big cities, even more students may be faced with the challenge of integrating into another school.

Generally, there are three times in a child’s life when they must deal with education-related change: starting pre-school, moving to primary school and moving to secondary school.

When a child is starting school, they are generally with other children who are all new starters too. But if you have relocated to a new area, your child may be the only new student and it can sometimes feel a little overwhelming. Fortunately, there are ways that you can help them.

Here are some tips for settling your child into a new primary school so that they can enjoy the experience and learn successfully

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Topics: Confidence & Resilience, School, Learning

How To Help Children Prepare for Their Exams & Reduce Stress

Posted by Jane Shearer on November 16, 2021 at 2:54 PM

Are young children more stressed out about taking exams than they should be? Recent research shows that exam stress is hurting students in Australia and elsewhere. 65.1% of Australian youth report high levels of exam stress.

Even young kids aren't immune to it, especially children who will be sitting important exams for the very first time. This is why proper stress management skills are important for a child's wellbeing and academic performance.

Here's how to prevent your child from getting stressed and help them prepare for their exams. 

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Topics: Confidence & Resilience, Learning

Designing a Perfect Homework Environment for Your Child

Posted by Jane Shearer on October 27, 2021 at 2:09 PM

According to some studies around 45% of students in grades three to 12 spend more than an hour every night doing homework, with some spending over three hours doing so. By the same token, only 50% of children get enough sleep (an average of nine hours nightly is recommended).

To enable your child to make the most of the little free time they have at the end of a long day at school, designing a positive homework environment is helpful.

Tidiness, ergonomics, and natural lighting are three aspects that will help them maximize their learning experience.

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Topics: School, Learning

Easy Ways To Teach Your Child About The Basics Of Good Nutrition

Posted by Jane Shearer on October 11, 2021 at 3:15 PM

Good nutrition plays a vital role in a child's academic performance. However, according to recent data gathered by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, only one in 25 children met the daily recommended guidelines for vegetable consumption, and most kids are eating unhealthy food on a daily basis. Poor nutrition not only affects a child's health, but also their ability to learn.

A study by the Society of Neuroscience found that diets with high levels of saturated fats can impair learning and memory. Meanwhile, a diet that's loaded with artificial sugars can have a negative impact on attention, focus, and memory retention, as well as affect a child's mood.  

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Topics: Learning

Risky Play and Its Role In Early Childhood Learning and Development

Posted by Jane Shearer on September 21, 2021 at 1:35 PM

Researchers suggest that engagement in risky play provides children an opportunity to navigate and cope with uncertainty, resulting in decreased anxiety, according to a recent Canadian study.

Risky play is defined as a thrilling activity involving challenges that test limits and the possibility of getting injured. Typically, children love trying out new things and, in the process, seek opportunities that allow them to engage in challenging activities or risky play.

While risky play might seem dangerous for kids, it offers many benefits, including improved social, motor, and spatial skills, critical aspects in building student learning capacity. Below are some of the essential roles of risky play in early childhood learning and development.

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Topics: Confidence & Resilience, Social & Emotional Learning

Simple Ways To Teach Children About Sustainability

Posted by Jane Shearer on July 5, 2021 at 11:02 AM

Over the past 10 years, sustainable living has become increasingly popular among Australian families. A study from Planet Ark and HP Australia found that more than 90% of Australians are worried about sustainability.

There is, however, still a long way to go before the nation as a whole becomes adequately sustainable. One way to accelerate the process is to teach children about the importance of sustainable living from a young age.

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Topics: Learning

Simple Yet Effective Ways To Keep Kids Interested In Learning

Posted by Jane Shearer on June 9, 2021 at 4:53 PM

Australian kids are more than halfway through the school term, and it's likely that most of them are already tired and stressed over homework and revising for exams. According to a recent survey, over 30 percent of students said that their homework workload is their biggest source of stress, while more than 25 percent said that tests like NAPLAN are causing them anxiety in school.

Being worried over grades and performance can cause a child to lose interest in their school work. This is why parents should take active steps to ensure that their kids stay engaged during the school year, and have a love for learning that goes beyond the classroom.

Here are some simple yet effective ways to keep kids interested in learning.

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Topics: Learning

The Changing Face of Education In A Post-Covid World

Posted by Jane Shearer on April 12, 2021 at 2:40 PM

There is no denying that the Covid-19 global pandemic has disrupted just about every aspect of our lives, including our children’s education. By the end of March 2020, interruptions were experienced at schools in every state. Although the extent and timeline of the closures differed from one region to the next, the Australian education system as a whole was impacted greatly.

Even now, a year later, great uncertainty still remains, with lockdowns being enforced and lifted without much forewarning. Although Australia has managed to avoid much of the large-scale devastation the pandemic caused elsewhere in the world, the country’s education system remains vulnerable.

There are actually a number of ways in which the pandemic is changing education across the world. 

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Topics: School, Learning

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