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How technology has changed the way in which children learn

“We need technology in every classroom and in every student and teacher’s hand, because it is the pen and paper of our time, and it is the lens through which we experience much of our world.” – David Warlick Courtesy of WikiSpaces Technology is growing at an exponential pace, and...

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Why we love Lego

LEGO produces nearly 20 billion LEGO bricks a year – or 36,000 a minute, and also makes 306 million (tiny) tyres a year – more than any other ‘tyre’ manufacturer.   Lego blocks are part of every childhood, and we have surely all spent many happy hours as children...

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Remembering Madiba

“Today I learnt a lot about the way Mr Mandela grew up: (his childhood) is just like mine and yours. I admire him for the fact that he was prepared to die for freedom. When I grow up I want to be just like him.” – Simphiwe Maluleke (12),...

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The worst gifts ever

“A re-gifted ‘free hug’ coupon.”  – Devin W.   Most of us have spent weeks planning, budgeting and making gift lists for the festive season. But while we were planning to buy or make something totally appropriate and spot-on, somebody out there has been eyeing the lavender soaps, or...

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Get ready for the school holiday

“In the summer, the days were long, stretching into each other. Out of school, everything was on pause and yet happening at the same time, this collection of weeks when anything was possible.”―Sarah Dessen, Along for the Ride Although the children might be looking forward to a few weeks...

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Gifts for teachers.

Of all the hard jobs around, one of the hardest is being a good teacher. – Maggie Gallagher If you’re lucky enough, your child loves their teacher, and wants nothing more than to show it with a special year-end gift. We’ve done some research online and found that although teachers...

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The art of giving

“We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give.” ― Winston S. Churchill We’ve been hearing ‘Jingle Bells’ on repeat in the supermarket since November, when stores started counting down the shopping days ‘till Christmas.  It’s so easy to get caught up...

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Help your young child prepare for the exams

“So be sure when you step, Step with care and great tact. And remember that life’s A Great Balancing Act. And will you succeed? Yes! You will, indeed! (98 and ¾ percent guaranteed) Kid, you’ll move mountains.” – Dr. Seuss Testing starts at a young age It would seem as...

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Why play is so important for your child’s development

Physical competence is fundamental to cognitive development during early childhood. -Maria Montessori-   How physical activity encourages cognitive development. From the first days of life, children begin using their bodies to learn about the world around them. Developing and mastering certain motor skills allows children greater mastery of themselves...

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The symbolism and psychology of colour

Colors speak all languages. -Joseph Addison- Have you ever wondered why girls (at least in Western Culture) wear pink, and boys blue? Or why you love that particular shade of green, but yellow leaves you cold? Those that study the psychology of colour have an interesting take on the...

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How to raise a culturally aware child.

  What children learn during the preschool years from family members, caregivers and other adults in their life will greatly impact how they will come to value, accept, and comfortably interact with diverse people. (From Scanva.org) Sometimes we are reluctant to raise the subject of differences with our children,...

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The value and role of sport

Sport has a unique power to attract, mobilize and inspire. By its very nature, sport is about participation. It is about inclusion and citizenship. It stands for human values such as respect for the opponent, acceptance of binding rules, teamwork and fairness, all of which are principles which are...

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Communicating in a culturally diverse country

“Recognising that our beliefs and values are not the only way of seeing or doing things opens us up to learning about other perspectives.” From Kidsmatter.edu.au Image courtesy of Pexels.com Being able to communicate across cultural and language differences, is often a challenge worldwide, and one that we meet...

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Getting Organised: Tips and Shortcuts for the busy family

“If you fail to plan, you plan to fail.” Benjamin Franklin Image Courtesy of Kaboompics Often it feels as if there are just not enough hours in the day to get everything done, especially for parents of young and school-going children. Here are some sensible tips and shortcuts for planning and...

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Housework and chores

Spring has finally arrived, and many of us are thinking about cleaning the house, throwing out the clothes that are outgrown, and generally shaking things up. We think it’s a good idea to involve the whole family in cleaning and spring cleaning, even the youngest children. But how do...

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White Lies

“My flatmate grew up on a farm and was told by her parents that their TV only worked when it rained.” Image Courtesy of Kaboompics We’ve all lied to our kids. Shocking thought, I know, but quite true. And we’re not even talking the most popular white lies out...

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Wonder Woman as a role model

“Frankly, Wonder Woman is psychological propaganda for the new type of woman who should, I believe, rule the world.”  Dr. William Moulton Marston, original creator of the Wonder Woman character. During Women’s Month, we consider the role of women in all areas of modern life. One of the most...

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