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Friday, August 04, 2006

Parents as Teachers

Some questions demand good skills of analysis and interpretation. – as well as powerful deduction. We do expect children to solve verbal reasoning questions like this:

A group of children were enjoying a birthday party. One-quarter asked for vanilla ice cream, and one third of the remainder asked for drinks. The other children asked for orange juice. If 12 children asked for orange juice, how many were at the party?

A question like this asks for flexibility. Teachers and parents will naturally adopt different styles of teaching to embrace differing needs and requirements.

The problem for a child doing 11+ work comes when mum or dad becomes `Mum the Teacher’ or `Dad the Teacher’ because these are different roles for children to cope with. Parents simply take this in their stride. Every parent knows what is best for their child.

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