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    Quote Originally Posted by monnie24 View Post
    I'm so confused with words people are using I'm a bit far behind with intelligence L3 etc!? What on earth is this.
    Here's a very basic explanation.

    http://www.curriculumsupport.educati...eral/index.htm

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    Quote Originally Posted by cheeeeesecake View Post
    In SA, I've not worked in a school with such a huge focus on sight words. We've always used more of a phonics-based approach, with some high-frequency words to complement the phonics curriculum.

    And in regards to WA bullying the parents into starting school too young - great that they've lowered the curriculum expectations to account for the fact that the kids are younger. The thing I disagree with is basically FORCING parents to start their kids in full time school at 4.5 years old,and not letting them wait until the child is 5.5, even if the child isn't ready. My 2nd is starting preschool 2 days per week next year. She will be 4.5. She is bright and capable, but socially and emotionally,there is NO WAY she would have been ready to be in school for 5 full days at 4.5y.o, or in preschool for 2 days at age 3.5, no matter how play based the curriculum is. That's where the individual needs of the child (socially,emotionally and cognitively) should be taken into account,rather than forcing kids into school too early, when Australian law only dictates they need to be in school by age 6. This is what I disagree with. As a mother AND as a prep teacher.
    Delaying is still an option, however it isn't done much as most parents don't feel it is required. A child in DD's Pre-P class had delayed entry (and wasn't especially close to the age cutoff) because the teachers in Kindy identified that they were not socially or behaviourally ready for full time school. In 2013 (?) Pre-P became compulsory, which should have put a stop to schools forcing 6year olds who were delayed from starting in grade 1.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BigRedV View Post
    Thank you the school I've chosen for DD/DS seems good but I don't want to link obviously for privacy reasons. I hate how states have such different things. Why can't the government make it overall the same? It's ridiculous 😱

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sonja View Post
    My son would be lucky to be at 40. To be honest I wouldn't have a clue. We do his reader but I don't do sight words at home.
    I don't even know my sight words. My kids are screwed I probably do but would need brushing up. I'm very uneducated but street smart 😳 give me $10 a tent and some candles i would be ok. But literacy and numeracy NO THANKS

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    Quote Originally Posted by Elijahs Mum View Post
    Some boys are only up to about 100 but it's child led so they go as fast as they want too which I like as DS is a sponge at this age and loves learning , we are lucky we have a full time teachers aid in a class of 19 so they have a lot of support
    250!!!

    Wow!

    But I love that you only have 19 kids & a TA. That's awesome.

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    Quote Originally Posted by A-Squared View Post
    Those saying 4.5 years old, just to clarify, are you saying a child who is between 4 and 10/11 months the day they start is still 4.5 or 5?
    A kid that we went to school with turned 4 in June and was at school in January. So 4.5 years old.

    I (back in the late 70s) was the same and I hated starting school so early. I feel so much fort hose kids who had to do the same.

    You just want to play and yet you're forced to sit at a desk attentively.

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    Quote Originally Posted by misho View Post
    250!!!

    Wow!

    But I love that you only have 19 kids & a TA. That's awesome.
    We have 15 kids and a full time TA. But these classes tend to be smaller in private schools.

    Even the state schools in WA have a ft TA for the first full time year of school. Is this not standard?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sonja View Post
    We have 15 kids and a full time TA. But these classes tend to be smaller in private schools.

    Even the state schools in WA have a ft TA for the first full time year of school. Is this not standard?
    Our Sydney Catholic school does but the catholic school my best friend teaches at does not. She has one TA to share between 2 classes with 32 kids in each class

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sonja View Post
    We have 15 kids and a full time TA. But these classes tend to be smaller in private schools.

    Even the state schools in WA have a ft TA for the first full time year of school. Is this not standard?
    In qld we have a full time ta for prep also and a ta that helps both classes for grade 1 with 25/26 kids each.
    This is also a private school so not sure about public

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    Default Choosing a school for my son

    Must say reading all these responses has been enlightening.
    Almost upsetting how things vary so much.


 

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