Partnering With Parents in At-Home Early Learning

Maintaining Learning Momentum At Home and Center For parents of preschool and younger children, 2020 has been a stressful year. They had trusted that their children’s developmental needs were in good hands, met by capable educators at their child’s early learning center.  Suddenly Covid-19 hits and families find themselves responsible for full-time at-home early learning. That

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Using Stories to Continue the Learning At Home – in Educa

Activity Suggestions & Parent Story Tips Stories written by parents (called “parent stories” in Educa) are a meaningful part of a child’s portfolio, the story of a learning journey that will be read to your child many times and valued by you and your child in years to come. Importantly, as parent you are the

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Why Free Play is an Essential Part of a Child’s Education

Making Time For Child-Led Play Every Day Early educators understand the idea that play is important child’s work. This is particularly true of “free play,” self-directed play when kids can make their own rules, act out imaginative fantasies, explore the world at their own pace, and engage in ever more complex social interactions with peers.

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Easy Ways to Help Preschoolers Develop Self Control

And Why Self Control Matters Preschoolers with good self control have a better chance of growing up to become healthy, wealthy and crime-free. Here are 8 simple ways teachers can improve self control for preschoolers, and make classrooms more harmonious. You may have heard of the well known marshmallow test – the Stanford University experiment

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Transition Strategies for Children with an Autism Spectrum Disorder

Transitions Can be Traumatic Sue Larkey is a highly respected educator and workshop facilitator who inspires parents and educators to “make a difference” for children with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Her strategies and tips are invaluable for teachers, parents, carers and professionals and many can be adapted for any educational setting – whether early childhood,

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Finding The Spark, Nurturing Genius

Kristine Barnett’s Story – The Spark It has been proven that the ability to exhibit self-control as a child is a greater determinant of success in later life than IQ. What if your child’s IQ was similar to Einstein’s but the experts told you they would never learn to read? For how long do you

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Four Ways to Christmas Giving

  Christmas is a time for giving. It’s also a time for spending – when retailers rub their hands with glee. Spending on Christmas presents and who to buy for often comes up for discussion around this time of year. Of course, there are ways to reduce Christmas spending. Some people go for Kris Kringle/Secret

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Top 5 Things Teachers (Don’t) Want For Xmas. With Love

It’s that time of the year when parents want to acknowledge everything you’ve done for their child while they were in your care. Gift giving is tricky, but there are ways for them to get it right – by making it memorable…and that doesn’t mean spending a lot of money. We’ve asked around and put

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5 Emergency Supplies You Didn’t Know You Needed

If you are in Wellington or the upper South Island at the moment, it feels a bit like living on a boat, moored in a rocky port.  We are weathering a storm, an unpredictable force of nature. Our thoughts turn to emergency supplies. I’ve noticed a few helpful articles circulating about how to reassure young

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Growing Readers in a World of Screens

While many of us grew up surrounded by books, today’s children live in a world of iPads, smartphones and Playstations. Here are our top tips for parents wanting to grow readers and teachers keen to encourage preschoolers to develop a love of reading in a world of screens. In 2011, a video showing a baby attempting to

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