Books about friendship

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School is now in full swing here in Australia.  This year we have seen lots of changes in our home as everyone now goes to a new school.  One of the biggest challenges we face as parents is helping our kids navigate the path of life.  We are again the new face in the hall!  Here is our pick of the best books about friendship – the highs, the lows and everything in between. Continue reading

Playful Ways With Numbers

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Number games are a great way to practice using and manipulating numbers.  Once your kids can recognise 0-10, developing number sense is crucial for working with higher level problems later on. Continue reading

The Easiest Slime Recipe In The World – non toxic!

Easiest Slime recipe in the world -

A while ago we went to the Telethon Institute Science Discovery Day.  We got so many science ideas, but one in particular has stuck with us.

The easiest SLIME recipe in the world! 

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10 Reasons To Love Finger Painting


Why is it finger painting is often left at preschool? As my children move through the school system, I notice that it is mostly about sitting, following closed instructions and when they are free to move around, games lessons with yet more rules!   Continue reading

10 Amazing Resources For Beginning Readers

10 amazing resources for beginning readers

Here are 10 amazing resources that will help your children become actively involved in the reading process. Children learn best by investigating, discovering and exploring new information.  A Multisensory approach to learning and processing information is the best way to learn. If you think about it anything engaging in life involves more than 1 sense — actively involve your children in the learning process!

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20 Fun Ways To Learn The Alphabet


Learning to read is the most important thing your child will do during their primary years.  It is a complex process that takes considerable practice.  We are not hardwired to read in the same way we are to speak.   It all comes down to deciphering a picture like code and fitting the pieces together to make meaning. Continue reading

What Children Really Need When Starting School

It’s almost time to start school again in Australia.  If you have a child just about to start school it can be an anxious time for children and parents. I remember Mr. J starting school so vividly and he will be going into his last year of primary school this year.  As a teacher, who has settled lots of parents on their child’s first day of school I felt like I should be all calm and in control.  Obviously, I wasn’t and the feeling of letting go – does fill you with that juxtaposition feeling of elated that your child has reached this milestone but oh, so sad that they are leaving you to join the big wide world.  Two children later and we will be going into years 2, 3 and 6 this year.

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