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The Kind of Teacher You Are

It all Comes Out in the Wash! Teaching Style and Thinking About The Kind of Teacher You Are.   By Joy Lubawy.   Have we moved forward with the times in educating young children?  Do you remember when your Mother used to […]

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Teaching Pre-Reading Skills

Teaching Pre-Reading Skills. By Barbara Morris. Is it important for parents and early childhood educators to be involved in teaching pre-reading skills to children? Yes it is! Parents play an important part in helping their children acquire pre-reading skills. There are […]

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Pikler and Gerber Theories in Practice

Implementing Pikler and Gerber Theories. By Helen Stewart-MacKenzie (with Arwen Hann).   Concepts such as ‘self-soothing’ (allowing babies to settle by themselves) and leaving babies to develop in their own time rather than pushing them to meet milestones cause much debate […]

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Gun Play?

Do You Allow (Or Even Encourage) Gun Play? By Tim Kahn. Tim Kahn writes his thoughts about the superhero and weapon’s play that is often indulged in relentlessly by a small group of boys – and less persistently by another […]

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Sign Language and Baby (Child) Signing

Baby Signing. What is baby (child) signing?History – how it developed and what the researchers discovered. Simple tips for getting started with baby signing.  Examples of some baby signs that you can easily learn and teach to infants in your […]

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Making Books and Reading Fun

Books and Reading Fun. By Barb Morris. We learn best when we are playing and having fun especially if we are rewarded with smiles, positive comments and cuddles. Children are no exception! So how do they learn? When it comes […]

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The Concept of Tuakana-Teina dictated by Whakapapa

Tuakana – Teina Relationships. By Ngaroma Williams. Within Aotearoa, New Zealand early childhood education pedagogy, the relationships of tuakana, teina are misunderstood, misinterpreted and/or misused. Ngaroma Williams explains how and calls for a Maori worldview to be expressed and better […]

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The Importance of a Play Based Approach

The Play Based Approach – Helping young learners to flourish. The one thing every parent, caregiver and educator wishes most for a young child is to have a happy and fulfilled childhood. What is a Play Based Approach? A play-based approach is […]

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