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Let Them Get Messy! 

Just the thought of this will probably make some of you cringe, but hear me out!  Messy play not only fosters curiosity, imagination and exploration, it also supports the ability to play independently and is a fantastic way to develop fine motor skills, problem-solving skills and language. There is actually such a thing as 'controlled mess'.  Trust me, I have figured it out!!!  And no, it's not just because ...

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Should Your Child Learn a Language?

Learning a new language can be challenging, but very rewarding for your kids. There are some great benefits from learning a new language. In fact, learning a new language can help kids master English. Kids are usually able to learn new languages quite easily. This is because young minds are like a sponge and absorb everything a lot easier. If kids learn a new language before their teenage years they are mor ...

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Walk Safely to School

The Pedestrian Council of Australia is calling on kids to put their feet first in the journey towards a healthier future by participating in national Walk Safely to School Day (WSTSD) on Friday, May 18. Now in its 19th year, WSTSD reminds us that regular walking has a favourable impact on our kids’ cognitive and academic performance. In fact, physical exercise enhances kids’ information processing, memory, ...

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Bush Kindy Explorers

When Jenny Sheward-Spence, CEO of Early Ed Resources, witnessed the results of the Forest School on children overseas, she was determined to apply the same nature-based approach to learning back home. Now, her Bush Kindy Explorers program is opening little minds to the wonders of the bush. In a world of iPads and recommended ‘daily screen-time’ quotas, the concept of outdoor play feels a bit foreign. Which ...

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Literacy vs Stem

“STEM” is the biggest buzz term in education right now, but does that mean literacy and the other subjects are left in the dark? And how can you use these school holidays to get ahead? It can often seem like the biggest focus in education right now is on the STEM subjects. If you’ve been living under a rock and haven’t heard of this term before, “STEM” is an acronym for “science, technology, engineering and ...

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Yeah, Cheers, Thanks a Lot

How often do we say thank you, expressing our gratitude for the positive things in our lives, which we have not asked for or actively worked towards? Gratitude is an inherent quality that resides within each human being, an emotion, which arises spontaneously within us and is also a choice we make – being grateful or ungrateful. Expressing gratitude is one of the best ways to increase your own levels of hap ...

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haven’s favourite teacher competition // We Have a Winner!

haven’s favourite teacher competition has come to an end, but our celebration of teachers is only just beginning… After weeks of reading through heart felt and touching tributes to local teachers, the team at haven magazine is excited to announce the finalists and winner of our inaugural haven’s favourite teacher competition. We were blown away by the nominations – it was wonderful to see how grateful paren ...

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Father’s Role in Education

A lot of teachers often say how they wish parents, especially dads, would play a bigger role in their kids' education, research has now proved the benefits dads bring to their children education. In many cases, mums are deemed the primary caregivers and are stereotyped to take the lead with their child’s education. This leads to the perception that dads play a reduced role in their kids’ education. However ...

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Back to Basics at School

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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Teachers Rule, OK?!

We have already received so many nominations and entries are about to close for haven's favourite teacher competition. If your teacher absolutely rocks then you need to nominate them today! We all remember a teacher who changed our life, yet teachers are leaving the profession in droves. haven magazine wants to celebrate the amazing work that teachers do and so put together ‘Haven's favourite teacher compet ...

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