The Pedagogical Principle of Imitation

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The Principle of Imitation is everything   If there is one thing I am grateful for, it is the knowledge that imitation is everything when it comes to raising and teaching little children.     Every single day, I can see this principle in action.     When we are aware of this fact, then the role of educating a…

Epson Ecotank Printer – Saving the environment one ink cartridge at a time!

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  Epson EcoTank Printer The Sustainable Choice for Educators! (Brought to you by Nuffnang and Epson)   There’s one thing I know for sure. Most early childhood educators have to print a lot of paper – photos for their learning stories, observation templates, policy documents, procedures, excursion permission forms (in fact, all kinds of permission forms), notices, invitations… oh my….

Magical Baby Meal Times with Heinz Baby Basics

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    Magical Baby Meal Times with Heinz Baby Basics (Brought to you by Nuffnang and Heinz Baby Basics)   Not so long ago, I was smack bang in that baby-feeding stage. Having first completed this rite of passage 20 years ago, it was VERY strange to be back there again. But if I thought that was strange, then this…

The Flower in my Garden Story by Wilma Ellersiek

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  Who is Wilma Ellersiek?   Years ago, I was introduced to some lovely hand gesture games by a lady called Wilma Ellersiek through a workshop I did with Heather Van Zyl.  From that moment on, I have used many of these games and rhymes with the young children I have taught for one reason.  The children LOVE them!   I…

The Movable Classroom Concept: Learning through movement for positive discipline and self-regulation development in young children

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  The Movable Classroom- what is it and how does it work?   Shining Rivers Waldorf School in Webster Groves introduces innovative Movable Classroom concept to Grades 1 and 2, balancing children’s need for movement with their desire to learn creatively. At Shining Rivers Waldorf School, the most recent innovation in the classroom is decidedly old-school. It doesn’t have any…

Little Beetle’s Birthday, a Birthday Story for Kindergarten, Family Day Care or Playgroup by Jen McCormack

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A Birthday Story for Kindergarten or Playgroup   When my biggest boy Ned was one, he and I used to make a weekly visit to my friend Jen’s place for playgroup.  One of the special events at playgroup was to celebrate a child’s birthday.  Jen created this delightful birthday story for the celebration, perfect for the young child under four…

How to make Homemade Sunscreen – a recipe testing by Kia Pindar

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How to Make Homemade Sunscreen with Guest Contributor, Kia Pindar     A few years ago, my friend Kia tried this and gave it five stars. Thought it was time to share it again, especially as I got sunburned for the first time in ten years this past week when I put sunscreen on the kids but didn’t make the…

How to Make Banoffee Pie – the MOST scrumptious cake in the WORLD!

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How to Make Banoffee Pie     In 2010, my mother-in-law made this as one of her numerous Christmas desserts.  It was on the list because her youngest son is a fan. It is his favourite. It is now my favourite ever dessert too!    Oh my. How my world changed that day. I have NEVER known such deliciousness and…

Dyson V6 Cordless Vacuum Review

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In collaboration with Dyson   A month or so ago,  I spent the morning at the Brisbane Good Food and Wine show, as part of an invitation to test drive the new Dyson V6 Cordless Vacuum. I’ve been looking at these for a while, and funnily enough, my mum and dad has just bought one and were raving about it,…

Counting Down to Christmas – Fun idea for the book-loving family!

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Counting down to Christmas- it’s almost Advent time! Every year, counting down to Christmas is an event in itself. I almost can’t contain myself… let alone the kids.  We’ve eaten the chocolate calendars, crafted our own Advent nativity scene on the nature table, and played along with Gnome in the Home (our Waldorf style version of Elf on a Shelf)…

Myer Giftorium and Christmas Windows – OPEN NOW!

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Fancy a jar of personalised Nutella? This past Tuesday, the boys and I headed to Brisbane to attend the opening of the Myer Giftorium, with thanks to Kids Business. I LOVE Myer at the best of times, but when it is Christmas, there is no other store I’d rather visit. It’s the Christmas windows. It’s the Christmas displays. It’s the jig in…

Cats Musical Australian Tour 2015

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CATS Musical Australian Tour Brought to you by Nuffnang, CATS the Musical and Parenting Fun Everyday.   I LOVE musicals – a treat of flair, exuberance and colour. Watching a performance is one of my favourite things to do in life.  So it was a privilege to be in the audience with my mum, an avid musical theatre lover who…

Waldorf Verses for Morning Tea

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Waldorf Verses for Morning Tea   I have been singing (and singing!) during my work with young children for many, many years. In Waldorf settings, we sing or say a blessing before meals. I like this idea, even though it was not something I was brought up with at all. I have seen this singing moment transform a busy mealtime into a…

How to Finger Knit: a how-to tutorial

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How to Finger Knit   Fingerknitting is king of crafts! For years, I have watched little children transform into master creators just through the learning of this simple skill. It just has so many uses. Why not ask a child for some ideas? An instruction verse for finger knitting. One way to teach finger knitting is to use a small action story…