Resources for Parents
Letting Children be Children
The UK government asked for a report to be done on the over sexualisation of young people. Letting Children be Children is the report that was drawn up with a series of concerns and recommendations. It is interesting to have findings and research on this area from a UK government.
Circular from the Department of Education and Skills re Mathematics
Literacy and Numeracy
Circular from the Department of Education and Skills re National Literacy and Numeracy Strategy
Dr Patrick Fagan
The following is a suggested reading list from Dr Patrick Fagan from his talk 'The Dynamism of a Marriage Relationship' on 12th March 2012:
- Male-Female Differences and forgiveness daily.
'Love & Respect: The Love She Most Desires: The Respect He Desperately Needs' by Emerson Eggerichs
- Communications in Marriage
'Getting the Love You Want: A Guide for Couples', 20th Anniversary Edition by Harville Hendrix
(Some moral ambiguities but for morally well-formed couples this book can have a great effect on their marriage.)
'The Temperament God Gave You: The Classic Key to Knowing Yourself, Getting Along with Others, and Growing Closer to the Lord' by Art and Larainne Bennett
'The Temperament God Gave Your Spouse' by Art and Larainne Bennett
'Gifts Differing: Understanding Personality Type' by Isabel Briggs Myers (author of the Myers Briggs Personality Types)
'The Habit Factor' by Martin Grunberg
'Wooden: A Lifetime of Observations and Reflections On and Off the Court' by John Wooden ("winningest" college basketball coach in US history) and Steve Jamison (no whining, no complaining, no excuses)
'Created for Greatness: The Power of Magnanimity' by Alex Havard
'Virtuous Leadership: An Agenda for Personal Excellence' by Alex Havard
Parents: Tips for student success
Rosemont draws from current research and the wealth of educational experience that our teachers possess to offer parents and students tips and advice for success in forming and pursuing goals.
- Back to school: organization
- Summer holidays: interpreting new information
- Reading: books
- Reading: newspapers
- Concentration and sleep
- Visualization and projection
Back to school: organization
Clutter interrupts the path to success. A tidy, organised study space can make a big difference for students who need to concentrate on homework. Students should take advantage of the summer break and spend some time organizing their study space. File old work, and stock up on stationary items that you need, and that will make you feel good about sitting down and getting to work. A favourite pen or a colourful notebook can actually help students approach homework with a positive attitude.
Summer holidays: interpreting new information
Association is a powerful tool. When you’re touring around historic sites or taking in new scenery with your children try to link what they’ve learned in school with new experiences. The more that academic knowledge is linked with personal experiences, the easier it is for students to access that information in their minds. For example: families on holiday in Spain could encourage their students to engage in conversation in the local language, and build their vocabulary by picking up some new words or expressions.
“She didn’t read books, so she didn’t know that she was the world and the heavens boiled down to a drop.”
This is a quote from author Zora Neale, an author covered in Rosemont’s transition year curriculum.
Try encouraging students to pick up some non-school reading this summer. Get a suggestion from Rosemont’s summer reading list. When a student relates to a book’s themes their reading can do wonders for inspiring understanding of complex ideas and concepts. A good piece of literature strengthens word power and gets people thinking about who they are – not a bad use of a rainy summer’s day!
Reading the newspaper is the lifelong habit of informed adults. Newspapers provide day-to-day information that enables students to put what they learn at school into context. For example they may learn about the earth science involved in an earthquake, and be able to pair that with news about the devastating effects of an actual earthquake in a highly populated area.
If you don’t subscribe to a newspaper consider doing so for the summer. Students can learn how to summarise key points, simplify arguments and become interested in current affairs. With current affairs questions popping up on the Junior and Leaving Cert exams, they’ll be glad they did.
Concentration and sleep
Electronics can impact a teenager’s sleep patterns negatively. For students to be mentally sharp they need to develop a good sleep routine.
A study by the UK Sleep Council in 2007 found that a quarter of teenagers fall asleep watching television, listening to music, or with computers or other electronics still running. The study also found that nearly 30 per cent of teenagers get only four to seven hours sleep instead of the recommended eight to nine.
Encourage your child to unplug a few hours before bed, lay down the mobile phone, switch off the computer and spend some time away from electronics. Reading before bed is associated with better and longer sleep.
Visualization and projection
The summer is a great time of the year for goal-setting and reflection. Students entering fifth year and sixth year in particular are starting to think about their post-secondary plans. Rosemont coaches have found that visualization exercises can often reveal answers to important questions.
Encourage your child to visualise who they want to be when they’re 30 – the magic age that teenager’s feel is far enough away that they’d be “grown-up” and close enough that they have some idea of who they would like to be. If they decide they’d like to be a doctor, have them follow-up on that idea with some internet research, or encourage them to have a quick chat with a doctor in your community.
Then see if they can come up with goals for the long-term, but also the more immediate future. What do they need to do to reach their long-term goal, what could they do in the upcoming school year, and what could they do this summer? This exercise is a useful one for teenagers and adults and will be a valuable tool throughout life.