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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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TSS Goes Back to Basics

As the well-known saying goes "the simple things in life are often the best" and this is proven at The Southport School. A photo recently dug out of The Southport School (TSS) archives shows junior students in 1912 enjoying a simple outdoor play experience. Today, the school’s students can be seen getting that same enjoyment from ‘the simple things in life’ through TSS’s The Rainforest program. The program, ...

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Clever Kids’ Money

All parents want the best for their kids' futures. Here's an idea that is definately the best when it comes to securing a great financial start for them. From the moment children enter the world, parents and grandparents alike want to do everything in their power to ensure the best possible scenario for their upbringing and future, and this is often expressed in the form of a kid’s savings account. The theo ...

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Teachable Moments Count

Lessons are not always learnt in the classroom. Coomera Anglican College educators are always finding ways to teach their youngest students those important life lessons around social and emotional intelligence. Educators at Coomera Anglican College’s Early Learning Centre, like all teachers, are focused on developing their students’ general intelligence. But it’s developing the children’s social and emotion ...

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