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best reading and writing resources for your child

The best reading and writing resources for your child

The internet is a wonderful educational resource for children of all ages.  If you are a parent who is looking for ideas to help your child read and write better, this reading and writing resources list of educational resources prepared by our teachers will be useful.      Reading, Writing and English…
keep your child safe from the sun this summer

How to keep your child safe from the sun this summer

After a difficult year of catastrophic bushfires and a deadly global pandemic, Sydney parents finally have good reasons to celebrate this month.  The State and Federal governments have done a brilliant job managing the COVID-19 pandemic which means Sydneysiders now have more confidence in enjoying our gorgeous summer.  After months of…
help your Pre-Schooler to Read

How to help your Pre-Schooler to Read

As parents, we want to give our children the best start in life.  One of the things we can do to help them succeed in school is to equip them with superior literacy skills when they are at the most critical learning stage of their lives – between 3 to…
teach your toddler

Why you should teach your toddler to read

You do not have to wait until your child is in school to train literacy.  From birth, your child is already gathering the skills they will need to read.  Your child enters a critical reading stage between 3 to 5 years of age.  This is the period when you should…
TEACH YOUR TODDLER TO TALK

How to teach your toddler to talk

One of the greatest rewards of being a parent is watching your child grow. At the time of birth, your baby can coo, gurgle and cry. Some time at the end of their first year, they magically say their first ‘words’. Whether it’s ‘mama’ or ‘papa’ or ‘baba’, saying their…
GREAT AUSTRALIAN BBQ

The Great Australian BBQ

Good news, everyone!  Barbies are back!  This year’s COVID-19 concerns mean we can spend more time enjoying this great Australian pastime.  We are very excited about this week’s article because we love our barbeques!  Here are some great tips to have the perfect Australian BBQ: HOW TO PREP YOUR BARBEQUE FOR…
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How To Teach Your Toddler To Read: Phonics And Pronunciation

TOP KIDZ READING SERIES A common concern international parents have is whether their child can pronounce English words properly. If your child is studying in Australia, he or she will be taught proper pronunciation at kindy and school. Exposure to the Australian teaching system and the local way of life…
PRINT AWARENESS

How to Teach Your Toddler to Read: Print Awareness

TOP KIDZ READING SERIES Have you observed your toddler picking up his or her favourite bedtime story and turning the pages? While they may not be able to read, their ability to pick up a book facing the right way (i.e. title in front and the right way up) and…
SUMMER ROAD TRIP

TURN YOUR SUMMER ROAD TRIP TO A LEARNING EXPERIENCE

Help your kids develop essential skills with these useful tips Summer is the time for family holidays. Aussie parents love to pack up the car and take the kids camping or to the beach. The family road trip is an experience full of laughter and happy memories.  It’s a great…
HSC EXAMS

HOW TO SURVIVE THE HSC EXAMS

This week, thousands of Year 12 students in NSW will sit for one of the most important exams of their lives.  A major exam that can impact their future is extremely stressful.   So, we’ve gathered some expert advice from teachers and ex-HSC students on how to study and cope with…
Father’s Day

FIVE FUN FATHER’S DAY BRUNCH IDEAS TO CELEBRATE AT HOME

This year’s major family celebrations have been unique.  We celebrated Easter and Mother’s Day in Lockdown.  Father’s Day is just around the corner and the pandemic threat has not gone away.  Some of us are cautious about going out to restaurants and cafes to celebrate Father’s Day.  But we don’t…
Sports activities for COVID

Sports Activities For COVID-19 Lockdown

Weekend soccer matches and swimming classes may be on hold for the kids but there are many things parents can do to keep their kids fit and healthy in a pandemic. How much physical activity do kids need? Australian government guidelines say kids aged 5 to 12 years old will…
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How To Celebrate Birthdays In COVID-19 Lockdown

The other day, Jen and I joined other members of our family to celebrate a cousin’s birthday.    Birthdays are cherished events in our households.  Before the pandemic, we would gather at the home of the birthday boy or girl to celebrate these memorable milestones.  Summers were good old-fashioned Aussie BBQs. …
dine out

Is It Safe To Dine Out In COVID-19 Lockdown?

Here are 7 restaurant-style meals you can prepare at home… In recent weeks, growing COVID-19 clusters in Sydney have been linked to interstate diners in restaurants, pubs, clubs, and cafes.  Naturally, parents in Sydney are worried about taking their families out to dine.   One of the questions of every parent’s…
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7 Great Garden Crafts That Kid Will Love This Spring!

One of the most wonderful ways to spend spring with the children is to get them involved in gardening.  There are plenty of creative crafts they can do with a gardening theme so why not combine the two and make it double the fun for the kids this spring? Here are…
opera house in spring

COVID-SAFE Spring Traditions You Can Still Enjoy with Your Kids

The coronavirus may have stopped many iconic Sydney events this spring but that does not mean we cannot put our spin on things and still enjoy some of the traditions that we love so much as Sydneysiders.       Here are some spring traditions we can do that is COVID-Safe for our…
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Coronavirus And Pregnancy. Here’s What You Need To Know

If you are pregnant now, it’s natural that you may be feeling a particular form of stress.  There are enough horror stories on television every evening about mothers-to-be forced to give birth in isolation or forced to isolate from their newborn babies.  Pregnancy is a special time in your life. …

SPRING PROJECTS TO DO WITH THE KIDS (GARDENING)

Part 1: Gardening with children Spring is here again!  This spring we are facing a coronavirus health alert so the teachers at TopKidz have brainstormed some projects that you can do with the family in the safety of your own home.                                   This week we are focusing on spring gardening projects with…
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How to help your kids survive a second lockdown

Victoria started Lockdown 4 this week. Only essential services and businesses are allowed to operate. Victorians have to wear masks when they are out in public and cannot leave during curfew hours (8pm and 5am).  In Sydney, the number of new COVID-19 cases have remained stable but the recent rise in…
cyber bullying

How To Keep Our Kids Safe From Online Bullying (Cyberbullying)

The recent spike in coronavirus numbers has many Sydney parents worried that kids will not be returning to school at any point. If that happens, our kids could be studying from home for the rest of the year. One of the most important things every parent must protect their child…

Back To School In COVID-19. 7 Ways To Keep Your Kids Safe

NSW students returned to school recently.  Meanwhile across the border, Melbourne schools continued to stay shut because of a deadly second wave with record numbers of new COVID-19 cases and deaths.  Our government is on extra high alert for a COVID-19 resurgence in NSW. NSW reported 21 cases on Friday…
Corona Virus

Australia’s Second Wave Of COVID-19: What You Need To Know

On July 22, Victoria shocked the nation by recording 484 new cases of COVID-19.  After nearly two weeks of strict Level 3 lockdown, the numbers are still seesawing without an end in sight. In NSW, Sydneysiders remain concerned about the growing numbers from several known clusters. No one wants a…

How To Wear A Face Mask

Scientific evidence suggests that wearing a face mask can help prevent COVID-19 spread. Cloth coverings combined with social distancing and hygiene can slow the spread of the virus. Do you know that if you don't wear your mask correctly, you are exposing yourself to more danger?In this special edition on…
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The Top Three Kids’ Tantrums And How To Prevent Them!

Children throwing a tantrum become angry and stressed. They can scream, cry, kick, punch, break things or run away. Tantrums are distressing for the child, their parents and other people who happened to be around the child during an episode. Why Tantrums Happen? Tantrums are common in children between 1…
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Is Coronavirus Affecting How You Sleep?

People all over the world are reporting disturbed sleep patterns and vivid dreams because of coronavirus stress, according to the Australian Sleep Health Foundation. Extended periods of forced isolation combined with our worries about our children, family and future have left many Australians with troubling sleep patterns.    Getting a good…
winter vacations

Top 10 Destinations To Take The Family This Winter (Part 2)

Welcome back!  This week we look at some of the most stunning natural spots in NSW to take the family this winter.  Group tours are still closed in many destinations because of the virus so we’ve carefully curated several vacation spots we know will still have plenty of things to see…
Winter vacation

Top 10 Destinations To Take The Family This Winter (Part 1)

The Australian government has just announced that our borders will stay shut until 2021. According to Simon Buckingham, Tourism Minister, shutting the borders was one of the reasons why we have been successful in flattening the coronavirus curve.                      The government is encouraging Australians to ‘see Australia’ instead. A great idea…
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Music can Calm Toddler Tantrums. Here’s How…

The first day of class is usually hectic. Kids are talking at the same time. Many cannot sit still.  Some are loud. Some are quiet and shy. And some are in tears because they miss their mums and dads so much.  But one thing always works to calm them –…
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How To Encourage Your Child To Read

Reading is essential for your child’s future.  The ability to comprehend and to communicate effectively will benefit his/her career later in life.  Reading should be taught at a young age.   Beyond that, reading is a pleasurable pastime that can transport your child into a wonderful world of imagination and knowledge.…
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5 Ways Music And Movement Is Good For Your Toddler

The foundations of learning are laid out early in a child’s life so it’s important that as parents, we get them into the right habits from the earliest age. Music and movement classes promote physical growth and health, develop confidence, and expand social skills. Introducing music to a child early…
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What Is The Best Foreign Language For Your Child?

What is the best foreign language for your child? In this article, we examine the languages that experts say are the easiest for English native speakers to learn. We also look at what foreign languages are trending in Australian elite schools today. Research shows that learning a foreign language has…
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How Music Can Improve Academic Results?

Have you ever considered music classes to help your kid get better grades in school? Many parents know that music is an enjoyable pursuit for their children. But not all parents are aware that music can also improve academic results.  Numerous studies have shown a correlation between music learning and…
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Two more schools in Sydney tested positive for COVID-19. Should parents be concerned?

Schools throughout Australia welcomed students back this week. On Monday this week, over 80% of students in NSW returned to schools.  The government is touting it as a successful transition back to the classrooms but many parents dreaded school re-opening. The day after kids in Sydney returned to school, students…
Kid Playing

How to Assess the Risk of an Infection When Taking the Kids Out

Social distancing rules have relaxed. Families can now go out. We can go to the café. We can entertain at home. And, the grandparents can visit again. The government has assured us that they are safely opening the economy. But, some parents are still hesitant to take the plunge. After…
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How To Minimise Injury Risk From Working On The Desk

Since schools have closed, our kids are spending more time sitting in front of a computer. Spending hours hunched in front of a computer screen can cause physical discomforts and injuries. The risk is higher if kids do not have ergonomically-safe desks and chairs to use when they are studying…

How A 5 Year-Old Started A Viral Trend

Jason Zhu may not know it but he has started a trend and it’s going viral in Sydney Grammar. During a zoom lesson with his Prep Class teacher, Jason surprised the class by suggesting to perform Mozart’s Eine Kleine Nachtmusik.  His performance got everyone excited and now the entire class…

Are We Re-Opening Schools Prematurely?

On Monday 11 May, schools in Sydney began the delicate process of re-opening its doors to students. Meanwhile, in America, reports are circulating that recent respiratory-related illnesses in children and youths could be linked to COVID-19.  The Novel Coronavirus is a recent disease that has blindsided the world. There are still…

How to Celebrate Mother’s Day 2020

Coronavirus pandemic has changed how Australians will celebrate Mother’s Day this year. But closed restaurants and strict social distancing rules are not going to stop us showing appreciation to the wonderful woman who is our mother. Of course, we can order on-contact Mother’s Day flowers, cakes and gift boxes. But…

5 Great Activities To Get Your Toddler Active And Fit

The Amazing Driveway Race. Animal Farm Yoga. Zumba for Toddlers. Here’s a whole bunch of activities to keep your toddler active during coronavirus lockdown. With Aussie families still social distancing at home, we have put together a list of activities to keep your toddlers happy and occupied. Most use the…

How to Keep Your Kids Safe Online

You can’t lock kids out of the internet. But you can help them to be safe on it.Even before the pandemic crisis, children were already connecting to the internet daily. According to ABS, ninety-seven percent of Aussie households with children under 15 years old have internet access. Each household has…

How To Manage Stress From Online Learning Due to Coronavirus

An approaching winter means school lockdowns in Australia could remain in place for months. NSW Premier - Gladys Berejiklian - announced a staggered start approach that is still not very clear for many Aussies. Victoria’s Premier – Dan Andrews – recently warned that school will look very different in Term…

Online Schooling Pros And Cons (What You Need To Know)

Coronavirus has reshaped the global education landscape. Parents all over the world have been forced to ‘home-school’ their children because of the virus lockdown.In the Southern Hemisphere, school closures have serious implications because we are still in the second term of the academic year. Over 3 million Australian students (both…

How To Help Your Child Cope With Online Learning At Home

Keeping a routine, staying healthy and maintaining a positive attitude is important to help your child cope with online learning during the coronavirus pandemic. School closure because of coronavirus has affected more than 130 countries worldwide and disrupted the education of 1.2 billion children and youth. Many schools with internet…

Coronavirus And Children: What Every Parent Needs To Know

The internet is full of different opinions about the coronavirus impact on children. A parent trying to navigate through this cloud of mixed messages will find it hard to separate fact from fiction. In this article, we use facts and statistics from reliable sources to help you learn about coronavirus…

Adopting A Pet For Your Child? Here’s What You Need To Know

The coronavirus pandemic has forced Aussies into lockdown at homes. Stuck in their homes, people are turning to pets as companions. But animal rescue groups are concerned that some Australians could be looking at pet adoption as a quick fix solution during these disruptive times. Animal adoption rates have risen…

Six Online Activities For The Kids While Social Distancing

Instead of bingeing on Netflix or playing mindless computer games at home, why not get the kids to go on a virtual museum tour, read a good book, learn a language or attend a symphony orchestral?There are hundreds of virtual activities that children can participate in while social distancing. Many…

Three Fun Things To Do With Your Kids To Spread Hope Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

Kids all over Australia have been drawing, baking and writing to express their gratitude to our health workers and essential services workers. Here are some inspirational activities to do with your kids as the nation continues to self-isolate to flatten the coronavirus curve. Take Part in the Rainbow Trail Source:…

7 Fun Things To Do With The Kids At Home This Easter

Stuck at home with the kids this Easter?  If your Easter plans have been disrupted by the coronavirus, don't worry! We've spoken to other parents and we're sharing 7 fun things you can do with the kids at home. 1. Bake Some Easter Goodies While schools are closed, have fun…

Benefits of yoga for kids

Benefits of yoga for kids Here are the amazing Benefits of yoga for kids. Yoga for kids teaches important values For a toddler, a yoga lesson could be the first time he/she is exposed to a structured classroom environment. In yoga class, the child learns to follow instructions, share with others…

COVID-19 Coronavirus and Aussie School Dilemmas

Australian Coronavirus School Crisis So far Australia is not shutting schools to control the coronavirus. But the Easter holiday is looming. A new uncertainty facing parents like you is whether schools will reopen after the holidays. Or stay shut? Overseas, schools are taking drastic measures to prepare for the disruption…

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As our children continue to leave their marks, Top Kidz Academy attracts local and national media for its excellence. Our kids music program provides a paramount launch for students as they learn their instruments and kickstart their debut. See what the news say about us: Kambala Full Music Scholarship Recipient…

Chatswood Campus Opening in 2019

NOW ENROLLINGClick here to send your Enrolment request. Following the success of our popular learning program in Sydney's Eastern Suburbs, we are delighted to announce the opening of our Chatswood Campus, North Sydney in 2019.The following classes in Music, Movement & Language will be offered: PianoCelloViolinGuitarDrumsFlute BalletYoga FrenchMandarin All prospective…

Good luck to our school representatives!

We introduce our talented Vaucluse Piano School representatives at this year's 2018 Bluescope WIN Wollongong Eisteddfod. It takes passion, dedication, skill and courage to take on the performance stage and we are immensely proud of all our representatives. Best of luck to each and every student chosen to perform and…

Eisteddfod Results

CONGRATULATIONS to our students who placed three 1st Prizes ???, one 2nd Prize and two Highly Commended at the renowned and highly competitive Wollongong Eisteddfod this year! We are deeply touched by your love of music, enthusiasm and dedication to this art form. What a privilege to see our little angels thrive! Well…

Daily Telegraph January 2017

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