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Can we learn from animals and the way they communicate?

Do animals really communicate with us? Is this true and if so, is this what creates better relationships between some animals and people? If there is great power in the communication between animals and humans, what is it we can learn from them in our relationships between and with each other? “Look at animals kindly, and they will see. Talk to animals gently, and they will listen.” - A.D. Williamson The si ...

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Recipe // Breakfast Tart

A beautiful, easy to make start to the day, my breakfast tart is healthy enough for breakfast, delicious enough for dessert. Serves 4 Ingredients Base 1 tablespoon chia seeds 120g mixed nuts or seeds (or both) 65g (⅔ cup) rolled oats or rolled quinoa flakes 60ml (¼ cup) virgin coconut oil, (melted if solid) or macadamia nut oil 50-85g (3 tbs to ¼ cup approx.) rice malt syrup or raw honey (taste the batter a ...

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Allowing Children to Feel their Feelings

Parenting can bring so much ‘joy’ but on the flip side it can also present us with this unfolding variety of reasons to feel guilt, frustration and sadness. As parents, we all remember that ‘universal’ car ride home from the hospital when our primal sense of needing to protect this precious bundle kicks in.  In fear, we begin to instruct our partners or whoever is driving to slow down, be careful and watch ...

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July Reviews // Digital Classrooms

In this, havens annual education edition, we thought it would be great to uncover some of the best digital resources when it comes to learning and our kids. Here's our top 5... LEARNING THROUGH PLAY Learning Through Play is a blog by Heidi, an early years teacher who is passionate about play-based learning, sustainability, creating inviting spaces and project based learning. The activities on her blog are e ...

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Lifetime of Learning

By the time you turn 20, you've spent the vast majority of your lifetime learning. But don't think that because you're 30, 40, 50 or even 60 that learning should ever stop. Like the old saying, if you don't use it, you'll lose it. Keep the left and right sides of your brain sharp with some of these ideas... There’s a theory that says the two hemispheres of the human brain control vastly different types of t ...

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The Next Step?

Thirteen years of formal education is a long time. When we do send our little people off on the big new adventure, how do we know that the timing is right? Possibly the most daunting task in every parent’s life is making the decision about the right time to send our precious babies off to ‘big’ school. There are so many views, opinions and options to consider when making this decision, which is what makes i ...

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Learning Just Got Fun

SHELLEY’S FAVE CARD GAMES A mum of two and owner of kiddie-heaven Lime Tree Kids, Shelley Mason knows a thing or two about games. Here are Shelley’s fave card games, all available at Lime Tree Kids: 1. Scholastic cards: I love these because they have real-life images, are much larger and super thick/ sturdy. 2. Fairy snap: This has always been a favourite in our home. My daughter and I still play it five ye ...

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Teaching Around The World

Many of us forget to step back and realise how lucky we are here in Australia to have access t free high-quality education, which has the potential to change our lives. As someone who works across the media and education spaces, I’ve met my fair share of people who don’t value education. I know my friends and colleagues who are teaching in schools would agree that it can be quite difficult to convince kids ...

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Opportunities Galore

Learning your child has autism can be a daunting and overwhelming experience. Research shows that intervention at an early age can make a significant difference. What is autism? What does it mean for your child? And how can you best support them? These are just some of the questions parents of newly diagnosed children are seeking the answers to. Autism is a lifelong developmental disorder affecting the way ...

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The Best Start

Cubby Care knows the importance of a child's early years which is why they've incorporated leading early start programs in their offering. We all know that our child’s physical and mental development starts from a young age – that’s why many of us were told that we couldn’t give up those dreaded but “important” dance lessons, piano classes or team sports in primary school. But did you know that the foundati ...

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