Homework serves many helpful purposes. Students learn how to follow through on lessons taught in the classroom. Homework tests a student’s comprehension of material that has already been covered in class so that learning gaps can be caught early. Finally, homework teaches kids how to focus in other locations outside of school. The ability for a student to settle down and get to work on a project is a skill that serves them not only in school, but throughout the rest of their lives.
In Alberta, we are fortunate to have an abundance of educational opportunities and school choice. Even amongst the independent school options, there is a wide variety of missions, programs, and focus-areas. To help you set your child on the right path, we’ve taken a step back and compiled this objective list of questions you can use to evaluate each school you are considering.
Kids are spending an exorbitant amount of time glued to their electronics. A 2017 survey published by Common Sense Media found that nearly all children age eight and under live in a home with some type of mobile device and spend an average of 2.25 hours a day on screens. This media time only increases with age. Tweens use an average of 6 hours, not including time spent using media for school and homework, and teens are up to an average of 9 hours daily.
If you’re looking for new books to read this Fall, Calgary Public Library has you covered! With a collection of nearly 1.4 million items - including books, digital books, and audiobooks - there are titles for all ages and interests. Not sure where to start? Children’s librarian Allison Streit shares her top book picks for preschoolers, school-aged readers, and tweens. Use your free Calgary Public Library card to sign out these titles or find a cozy reading nook inside our 21 libraries to enjoy a fresh Fall read.
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