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Kmart Cool for School

If you’re looking for inspo for your kids, check out Vanessa Nansen, better known as @the_kmart_teacher, on Instagram. Based on the Gold Coast and with more than 12 years of primary school teaching experience and a lifetime of shopping nous, Vanessa searches the aisles of Kmart for out-of-the-box goodies that would be helpful to teachers and parents. The Kmart Teacher page is focused on sharing ideas and pr ...

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The Art of Listening

Listening is a skill, and ultimately an art.  Have you ever trampled on someone’s sentences, then thought, “I should try to be a better listener”? We are told to ‘listen’ our whole childhood but we aren’t taught in school how to ‘listen’! It is very common in society for people to interrupt, give advice, tell someone they are wrong or turn the conversation around to what they want to talk about.  We have al ...

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Ask Dr Aaron // May 2017

You asked the questions, child psychologist Dr Aaron Frost gives you the answers. Email your questions to editor@havenmagazine.com.au.   What are your thoughts on how to best prepare our kids for NAPLAN testing this month?  Don’t prepare for it. It is important to remember that NAPLAN is designed to assess the effectiveness of teachers and schools, not to assess the kids. It is the school that should b ...

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Mama Memoirs // Mum’s Day Sky High

Dear Mum - Happy Mother’s Day! I hope you are having a great day, whichever cloud you are riding on right now. I miss you so very much, and I hope you know that. You are with me everyday, and sometimes I notice the things you do to get my attention - like turning the lights on and off, moving things around, talking to the boys in the middle of the night and turning the radio up really loud. Not freaky at al ...

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Gamification of Education

Kids love games. That’s nothing new. Whether they’re running around in the backyard or playing on a gaming console, it’s not surprise teachers are turning the classroom lessons into a series of learning games. It’s called ‘gamification’ and it’s becoming more popular in education every day. Different to play-based learning, educators are taking the elements of games, such as leader boards, competing with ot ...

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Is Parent Guilt Keeping You Up?

Do you spend too much time worrying about the kids, the family, the home. Parenting guilt can rear its head at crazy times of the day and the important thing to remember is there are strategies to overcome it. Here's how... We wake up in the middle of the night with a fright, thinking we’ve forgotten to collect the children, or haven’t put their soccer boots in their bag. What are we thinking? We know it’s ...

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Mothering or Smothering?

Mothering and smothering. Two very similar words in annunciation but, by geez by gingo, their meanings are polar opposite! What is mothering? And what is smothering? And which do you choose? First we must understand that mothering is not restricted to those who have given birth to a child. In truth, we can all play the role of a mother (even those males out there). The mother role, in truth: Provides love, ...

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Brain Power for Kids

Did you know that the average person has 60,000 thoughts a day and that 95% of those thoughts are the same? Basically, we are all creatures of habit, routine and fixed thinking. The same thoughts equal the same neural pathways in our brains and when we repeat certain behaviours, thoughts and feelings, the neural connections associated with them become hard wired.  Just like a well-trodden pathway in the for ...

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Egg-Cellent Easter Egg Hunt // The How-To

Easter is a wonderful time of the year to bring the crew together for some quality family time. Oh, and did we mention CHOCOLATE! What better way to spend Easter than turning your backyard into the location for the ultimate Easter egg hunt that the kids (and even adults) will love. Here’s how…  Make it feel like a treasure hunt Draw a map or leave clues around the house or backyard leading to where some of ...

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