Posts from the category: Education

A Recipe for Learning

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In a large mixing bowl combine... A whole cup of CURIOSITY (I am a child, I am naturally curious) A dash or three of RELEVANCE (I learn best when what I am learning is meaningful to my own experiences in the physical world) A pint of INTEREST (I am most motivated to learn when I am … [Read more...]

Let Go and Let Them Learn

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This post is by regular contributor Kate Fairlie of Picklebums. “Children learn best through play.” It’s a line that early childhood professionals trot out again and again, but what does it really mean when it comes to you, your child and every day life? Often it means that we adults need … [Read more...]

Making the Most of Outings, Excursions and Day Trips

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We have enjoyed a range of different outings over the Christmas/New Year school holiday period here in Australia. We've been to the theatre, travelled on public transport, enjoyed an animal nursery hosted at our local library, shared lunch in the city and breakfast at the beach, visited the museum … [Read more...]

Revisiting the Hundred Languages of Children

I first posted The 100 Languages of Children as part of my emergent curriculum series in August 2009. In the context of early education, I believe it is a powerful poem.  I was recently reminded of it's awesomeness via this visual representation, The Hundred Languages Illuminated Poem by Sarah … [Read more...]

Making the Decision to Homeschool

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As a qualified teacher who has worked in early education for many years I am always curious to talk with parents who have made the decision to homeschool their children, especially in Australia where homeschooling is still relatively uncommon. It is such a big commitment for parents to make and … [Read more...]

Mum 2 Mum: Choosing A School


What is Mum 2 Mum? Mum 2 Mum is a place where as online friends we can share a little of our own experiences, so why not pop in for a cuppa and join the conversation. I was chatting to a girlfriend recently about an important decision we have to make way,way too very soon - where will our … [Read more...]

Q & A: Should I Send My Child to Child Care?

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The following was emailed to me by a friend from my mothers group back in Sydney: I hope you don't mind me contacting you but I was after a bit of advice from you on the need for childcare, obviously with your experience and also by the fact that you have now chosen to be a stay at home … [Read more...]

9 Things To Notice When Reading with Kids


Following on from 7 Things to Notice on the Cover, here are nine things to notice inside a book when reading with children. Sometimes; 1. As you read a new book, pause to make observations together or ask questions about what is happening in the story. 2. In picture books, illustrations are … [Read more...]