Posts from the category: Education

Teacher in the Hotseat: The Challenge of TIME


Today I welcome a fellow teacher, blogger and friend, Jeanne of Zella Said Purple, to the hotseat to talk about one of the challenges facing teachers today... First of all, Thank You to Christie for offering me a guest blog opportunity during her maternity leave from Childhood 101. Christie's … [Read more...]

Changes in Education: A Teacher’s Reflections


When I recently posted about the Hundred Languages of Children and asked whether schools today are sufficiently resourced to support the young child's capacity for learning across much more than traditional academic subjects and teaching methods, Naomi, a fellow teacher currently working in an … [Read more...]

Tips for Teaching Young Children Facts…Playfully!

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"But what happened to the dinosaurs?" "Why do I have blood?" "How does a bee carry pollen?" Children are naturally curious. Many children ask lots of questions, especially when it comes to a topic or theme that they are particularly interested in. By engaging with your child's interests … [Read more...]

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...]