First Year at School

Useful information and references

First Year at School: Useful information and references

As part of your First year at school publication purchase you will receive access to a range of additional digital material, including the following useful information and references:

Chapter 2–Starting School

Sickness
See www.cyh.com ‘Head lice’.

Being 5 or 6 years old
Connor, J., & Linke, P. (2017). First year at school: Essential tips for parents and carers (Chapter 4, pp. 28–30). Canberra, ACT: Early Childhood Australia.

Linke, P. (2012). Your child from birth to eight (3rd ed.). Camberwell, Vic.: ACER Press.

Chapter 3–Learning and development

Children’s development
For more information about children’s development,  see Your child from birth to eight by Pam Linke.
Linke, P. (2012). Your child from birth to eight (3rd ed.). Camberwell, Vic.: ACER Press.

Keeping Play free
Connor, J., & Linke, P. (2017). First year at school: Essential tips for parents and carers (Chapter 3, pp. 15–21). Canberra, ACT: Early Childhood Australia.

Garbarino, J., & Manly, J. T. (1996). Free play and captured play: Releasing the healing power. International Play Journal, 4, 123–132.

Paley, V. G. (1990). The boy who would be a helicopter. Cambridge, MA: Harvard UP.

Supporting brain development
Connor, J., & Linke, P. (2017). First year at school: Essential tips for parents and carers (Chapter 3, pp. 15–21 and Chapter 4, pp. 22–30). Canberra, ACT: Early Childhood Australia.

National Scientific Council on the Developing Child. (2004). Young children develop in an environment of relationships. Working Paper No. 1. See www.developingchild.harvard.edu/wp-content/uploads/2004/04/Young-Children-Develop-in-an-Environment-of-Relationships.pdf.

Westwell, M. (2016). Supporting brain development. Everyday Learning Series, 14(1). Canberra, ACT: Early Childhood Australia. See www.earlychildhoodaustralia.org.au/shop/product/supportingbraindevelopment.

Children do better at school if they think positively and are optimistic
Sara, H. (2009). Optimistic carers and children: Pathways to confidence and wellbeing. Research in Practice Series, 16(3). Canberra, ACT: Early Childhood Australia.

Chapter 4–Personal and social skills—keys to school success

Executive function & self-regulation
For more information: See Executive function & self-regulation, by the Harvard University Center on the Developing Child.
Harvard University Center on the Developing Child. (n.d.). Executive function & self-regulation. Retrieved from http://developingchild.harvard.edu/science/key-concepts/executive-function/.

Self-esteem
Linke, P. (2012). Your child from birth to eight (3rd ed.). Camberwell, Vic.: ACER Press.

Marston, S. (1992). The magic of encouragement: Nurturing your child’s self-esteem. New York, NY: Pocket Books.

Trouble shooting behaviour problems
Connor, J., & Linke, P. (2017). First year at school: Essential tips for parents and carers (Chapter 4, pp. 22–30 and Chapter 8, pp. 47–51). Canberra, ACT: Early Childhood Australia.

What tools does my child need to build success at school?
Connor, J., & Linke, P. (2017). First year at school: Essential tips for parents and carers. Canberra, ACT: Early Childhood Australia.

Linke, P. (2012). Your child from birth to eight (3rd ed.). Camberwell, Vic.: ACER Press.

Peth-Pierce, R. (2000). A good beginning. Sending America’s children to school with the social and emotional confidence they need to succeed. Available from www.eric.ed.gov.

Chapter 5–Curriculum in the first years of school

For more information: When choosing programs and apps for young children visit: www.techandplay.org.
For tips on keeping your child safe in a digital world, read this Cyber safety guide: www.parenting.sa.gov.au/pegs/peg63.pdf.

To read free articles from Every Child magazine, Vol. 19 No. 4, 2013, visit: www.earlychildhoodaustralia.org.au/our-publications/every-child-magazine/every-child-index.

Technologies and young children at home
Connor, J., & Linke, P. (2017). First year at school: Essential tips for parents and carers (Chapter 5, pp. 31–35). Canberra, ACT: Early Childhood Australia.

Marsh, J., Plowman, L., Yamada-Rice, D., Bishop, J. C., Lahmar, J.,Scott, F., … Winter, P. (2015). Exploring play and creativity in preschoolers’ use of apps: Final project report. Retrieved 21 November, 2016, from www.techandplay.org.

National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). (2009). Key messages of the Position Statement. Retrieved from www.naeyc.org/files/naeyc/file/positions/KeyMessages.pdf.

Parenting SA. (n.d.). Cyber safety: Parent easy guide 63. Adelaide, SA: Government of SA. Retrieved from www.parenting.sa.gov.au/pegs/peg63.pdf.

Chapter 6–English and literacy at school

For more information: The English Curriculum for Foundation Year from which these points are drawn can be found at: www.australiancurriculum.edu.au/english/curriculum/f-10?layout=1.

Early literacy
For more information about early literacy, see: Supporting literacy learning in the early years, by Jenni Connor and Christine Topfer (2015).
Connor, J., & Topfer, C. (2015). Supporting literacy learning in the early years. Canberra, ACT: Early Childhood Australia.

Everyday activities for literacy learning
Connor, J., & Linke, P. (2017). First year at school: Essential tips for parents and carers. Canberra, ACT: Early Childhood Australia.

Making the most of storytime
Connor, J., & Linke, P. (2017). First year at school: Essential tips for parents and carers. (Chapter 6, pp. 36–41). Canberra, ACT: Early Childhood Australia.

What’s phonics got to do with reading and writing?
Connor, J., & Linke, P. (2017). First year at school: Essential tips for parents and carers (Chapter 6, pp. 36–41). Canberra, ACT: Early Childhood Australia.

Topfer, C., & Arendt, D. (2010). Guiding thinking for effective spelling. Melbourne, Vic.: Curriculum Corporation.

Supporting literacy at home
Connor, J., & Linke, P. (2017). First year at school: Essential tips for parents and carers (Chapter 6, pp. 36–41). Canberra, ACT: Early Childhood Australia.

Chapter 7–Maths and numeracy at school

Early numeracy
For more information about early numeracy, see Everyday learning about maths and numeracy, by Jenni Connor and Denise Neal (2014)
Connor, J., & Neal, D. (2014). Everyday learning about maths and numeracy. Canberra, ACT: Early Childhood Australia.

Everyday activities for numeracy learning
Connor, J., & Linke, P. (2017). First year at school: Essential tips for parents and carers. Canberra, ACT: Early Childhood Australia.

Supporting numeracy at home
Connor, J., & Linke, P. (2017). First year at school: Essential tips for parents and carers (Chapter 7, pp. 42–46). Canberra, ACT: Early Childhood Australia.

Chapter 8–You and your child

Parents matter
Connor, J., & Linke, P. (2017). First year at school: Essential tips for parents and carers. Canberra, ACT: Early Childhood Australia.

Emerson, L., Fear. J., Fox, S., & Sanders, E. (2012). Parental engagement in learning and schooling: Lessons from research. A report by the Australian Research Alliance for Children and Youth (ARACY). Canberra, ACT: Family–School and Community Partnerships Bureau.

Your child’s temperament and you
Connor, J., & Linke, P. (2017). First year at school: Essential tips for parents and carers (Chapter 4, Self-regulation—learning to manage feelings and behaviour, p. 23). Canberra, ACT: Early Childhood Australia.

Chapter 9–Working together to solve problems

Parenting
See ‘Gentle parenting’ explainer: no rewards, no punishments, no misbehaving kids, by Rebecca English (2014).
English, R. (2014). ‘Gentle parenting’ explainer: no rewards, no punishments, no misbehaving kids. Retrieved from http://theconversation.com/gentle-parenting-explainer-no-rewards-no-punishments-nomisbehaving-kids-31678.

Bullying
For more information: See Dealing with bullying together: Prevention and resolution, by Pam Linke (2009).
Linke, P. (2009). Dealing with bullying together: Prevention and resolution. Canberra, ACT: Early Childhood Australia.

Resilience
Grotberg, E. (1995). A guide to promoting resilience in children: Strengthening the human spirit. Early Childhood Development: Practice and Reflections Series. The Hague, Netherlands: Bernard van Leer Foundation. You can download this book for free from: www.bibalex.org/Search4Dev/files/283337/115519.pdf. It has lots of good information and right at the end is the checklist for children’s resilience.

Linke, P., & Radich, J. (2010). Children’s resilience: Working with the early years learning framework. Research in Practice Series, 17(4). Canberra, ACT: Early Childhood Australia.