Tuesday May 11, 2010

Parents: 70 Best Books For Children From Puffin

Education & Learning Begins At Home    

by SoftwareGuru

Secondary school pupils and university students will be focused on exams this month. To all those involved, the Software4Students team wish you luck!

Parents of younger children know how important it is to encourage reading skills. This is the first step on a much greater journey into education.

For this blog update I thought it would be useful for parents to be aware that The Puffin Handbook, a new guide to children's books for parents, is now available for free online.

Many of the classic children's books we know and love are featured in the list including Peter Pan, Alice in Wonderland, Treasure Island, and Watership Down.

Unsurprisingly, Roald Dahl sells more books every year than any other Penguin author in both the adults and children's categories.

Recent best-sellers are also featured in the list which should be available to pick up from your local library or book shop.

Communication Between Parents and Teachers

Knowing which books the teacher would recommend for your child is only one jigsaw piece in a much larger education puzzle.

Communication is key.

There is no doubt that technology is evolving so fast that traditional learning methods are not always the most productive for all children.

Report cards, parental sign-offs on homework and parent-teacher meetings are all techniques from the pre-internet era.

The future of education in the UK lies with Virtual Learning Environments (VLEs) and new online school management systems.

Computers and IT is no longer a subject by itself.

It should be a learning platform through which all subjects can be explained, in an environment where collaboration and innovation is encouraged.  

At last UK schools are realising the impact on knowledge that VLEs can have and are embracing this future.

Teachers using VLEs and e-learning platforms will be able to tailor academic programs to individual student needs. The time-saving benefits from this level of school system organisation would benefit everyone.

Parents would have access to everything from a suggested book reading list for their child to extra learning resources which could be downloaded and used at home.      

The possibilities for instilling a joy of learning and respect for knowledge are endless.
Encouraging e-Learning

At Software4Students we know how important it is for parents to get value for money.

For young children learning to read, audio can play an important part in the process.

Sounds to Words software program is a complete teacher-developed program with engaging activities to help your child achieve success in reading and it is now available to parents for the first time.

Originally introduced to thousands of children by their teachers, it continues to make a difference in schools and now can make a difference in your home.

Microsoft Maths software may prove useful to secondary school pupils.

It provides a set of mathematical tools that helps students get school work done quickly and easily.

With a full-featured graphing calculator that's designed to work just like a handheld calculator, Microsoft Maths offers a wide range of additional tools to help students with complex mathematics.

Reading, writing and maths will provide the foundations your child needs for lifelong learning, confidence and success. 

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