Dear Parents,

Welcome to the April’s edition of Athena’s Parent Talk. The aim of this newsletter is to connect all our schools and nursery schools and keep you up to date with developments across all our schools that enable us to celebrate the great achievements of students and staff and provoke discussion about the best way to support learning.

We hope you have all received the Athena’s Strategic Vision sent to you previously.

Student Elective Courses

Athena schools are committed to developing a program of study that meets students’ academic and career goals.

Athena US Curriculum schools offer electives that are designed to enhance our program and allow students the flexibility to discover and nurture their abilities and interests.

Each school provides High School selection courses as a guide that informs our stakeholders about our US curriculum school's graduation requirements and the range of available academic opportunities.

As students plan for next year and beyond, course selections are well thought out and support their academic goals for admissions into the universities.

Something to think about

Why worksheets wont always work
  •  Worksheets make learning task-oriented rather than learning-oriented.
  • Worksheets emphasize quantity rather than quality. 
  • Worksheets create glass ceilings. Once the worksheet is complete, the child can go no further.
  • Worksheets invite uniformity, rather than stimulate thinking.
  • Worksheets discourage collaboration.
  • Worksheets prevent children from devising their own ways of recording their understanding or for presenting their findings.
  • Worksheets are often about filling in boxes.
Ways that parents can help their children read
Parents often ask how they can help their children learn to read. Reading plays an important role in later school success. Here are some practical recommendations for helping children learn to read.
  • Teaching reading will only help.
  • Teaching literacy isn’t different than teaching other skills.
  • Talking to your children (a lot) and listening to them helps in development of their literacy skills.
  • Read to your children. Model how to read with expressions.
  • Have them tell you a “story.”
  • Teach phonemic awareness.
  • Teach phonics (letter names and their sounds).
  • Listen to your child read and read aloud together.
  • Promote writing.
  • Literacy involves reading and writing.
  • Ask questions.
  • Make reading a regular activity in your home.