Issue 39 | 29 January 2015

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Homework for parents
How to select a good backback for your child’s posture
Read these simple guidelines to prevent any unnecessary injuries throughout the school year...»
What to pack in the school lunch box
The ideal lunch box should hold enough food to keep a child nourished during the day, and for most primary school-aged kids, this means a snack as well as lunch...»
What does your child need to learn for each subject area this year?
View the Australian Curriculum to Year 12 in specified learning areas...»

For kids still at home this year
Top 30 books to read to your child before they’re 3 »
Preparing for writing worksheets: Left to right line activities »
Shape worksheets for preschoolers (2-4 year olds) »

Of interest this week
How to choose the right school shoes
Getting the right advice for buying new school shoes could save you money and more importantly your kids from experiencing foot pain and foot problems...»
Best way to position women during childbirth
New research is challenging what many obstetricians and physician anaesthesiologists believe is the best way to position women...»
Can a natural supplement improve hyperactivity in boys?
Researchers are investigating the effects of a special extract of a native Indian herb and its ability to reduce symptoms related to hyperactivity,...»
Two hour screen limit for kids ‘virtually impossible’ to enforce
A world-first longitudinal study found that screen-based activities have become so central to modern children’s lives that it is practically impossible...»
Be wary: New apps promoting alcohol targeted at teens
Apps with names like “Let’s get Wasted!” and “Drink Thin” have led a University Professor to call for Government action on alcohol advertising on mobile devices...»
Back to school dangerous time for children with asthma
Asthma Foundation NSW is urging parents and carers of children with asthma to be aware of signs and symptoms, and familiarise themselves with asthma first aid...»
Parents seek school readiness tests for children
Do children have the self-help, social-emotional and cognitive skills to cope with the school year ahead? These questions are just some of...»
Does bad behaviour run in the family?
University of Queensland research aims to answer the age-old question of whether anti-social behaviour is passed down through families...»

Our competitions this fortnight
Lots of fantastic prizes to be won!
Win 1 of 2 child life-size dancing dolls and companion dolls! »
Win a Basics for Babies Newborn Baby Bundle »

Competition winners
The winners of the Smiggle Back to School prize packs have been announced! »

View all previous competition winners »

Easy lunch box recipes
Sandwich art to make your child smile »
Pure fruit jelly »
Healthy high fibre apple muffins »
Sweet potato, corn and cheese muffins »

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Thoughts for starting the new year

Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.
- Benjamin Franklin

If you want your children to be intelligent, read them fairy tales. If you want them to be more intelligent, read them more fairy tales.
- Albert Einstein

Make it a rule never to give a child a book you would not read yourself.
- George Bernard Shaw

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