The Flower in my Garden Story by Wilma Ellersiek

Posted under Storytelling

3Feb
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  Who is Wilma Ellersiek?   Years ago, I was introduced to some lovely hand gesture games by a lady called Wilma Ellersiek through a workshop I did with Heather Van Zyl.  From that moment on, I have used many of these games and rhymes with the young children I have taught for one reason.  The children LOVE them!   I…

The Movable Classroom Concept: Learning through movement for positive discipline and self-regulation development in young children

Posted under ABC's

26Jan
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  The Movable Classroom- what is it and how does it work?   Shining Rivers Waldorf School in Webster Groves introduces innovative Movable Classroom concept to Grades 1 and 2, balancing children’s need for movement with their desire to learn creatively. At Shining Rivers Waldorf School, the most recent innovation in the classroom is decidedly old-school. It doesn’t have any…

Little Beetle’s Birthday, a Birthday Story for Kindergarten, Family Day Care or Playgroup by Jen McCormack

Posted under Birthdays

21Jan
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A Birthday Story for Kindergarten or Playgroup   When my biggest boy Ned was one, he and I used to make a weekly visit to my friend Jen’s place for playgroup.  One of the special events at playgroup was to celebrate a child’s birthday.  Jen created this delightful birthday story for the celebration, perfect for the young child under four…

How to make Homemade Sunscreen – a recipe testing by Kia Pindar

Posted under Outdoors

2Jan
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How to Make Homemade Sunscreen with Guest Contributor, Kia Pindar     A few years ago, my friend Kia tried this and gave it five stars. Thought it was time to share it again, especially as I got sunburned for the first time in ten years this past week when I put sunscreen on the kids but didn’t make the…

How to Make Banoffee Pie – the MOST scrumptious cake in the WORLD!

Posted under Recipes

20Dec
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How to Make Banoffee Pie     In 2010, my mother-in-law made this as one of her numerous Christmas desserts.  It was on the list because her youngest son is a fan. It is his favourite. It is now my favourite ever dessert too!    Oh my. How my world changed that day. I have NEVER known such deliciousness and…

Dyson V6 Cordless Vacuum Review

Posted under Special Events

13Dec
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In collaboration with Dyson   A month or so ago,  I spent the morning at the Brisbane Good Food and Wine show, as part of an invitation to test drive the new Dyson V6 Cordless Vacuum. I’ve been looking at these for a while, and funnily enough, my mum and dad has just bought one and were raving about it,…

Counting Down to Christmas – Fun idea for the book-loving family!

Posted under Christmas

28Nov
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Counting down to Christmas- it’s almost Advent time! Every year, counting down to Christmas is an event in itself. I almost can’t contain myself… let alone the kids.  We’ve eaten the chocolate calendars, crafted our own Advent nativity scene on the nature table, and played along with Gnome in the Home (our Waldorf style version of Elf on a Shelf)…

Myer Giftorium and Christmas Windows – OPEN NOW!

Posted under Special Events

14Nov
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Fancy a jar of personalised Nutella? This past Tuesday, the boys and I headed to Brisbane to attend the opening of the Myer Giftorium, with thanks to Kids Business. I LOVE Myer at the best of times, but when it is Christmas, there is no other store I’d rather visit. It’s the Christmas windows. It’s the Christmas displays. It’s the jig in…

Cats Musical Australian Tour 2015

Posted under Special Events

6Nov
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CATS Musical Australian Tour Brought to you by Nuffnang, CATS the Musical and Parenting Fun Everyday.   I LOVE musicals – a treat of flair, exuberance and colour. Watching a performance is one of my favourite things to do in life.  So it was a privilege to be in the audience with my mum, an avid musical theatre lover who…

Waldorf Verses for Morning Tea

Posted under Songs and Music

24Oct
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Waldorf Verses for Morning Tea   I have been singing (and singing!) during my work with young children for many, many years. In Waldorf settings, we sing or say a blessing before meals. I like this idea, even though it was not something I was brought up with at all. I have seen this singing moment transform a busy mealtime into a…

How to Finger Knit: a how-to tutorial

Posted under Fun basics, Wool and Fleece

15Oct
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How to Finger Knit   Fingerknitting is king of crafts! For years, I have watched little children transform into master creators just through the learning of this simple skill. It just has so many uses. Why not ask a child for some ideas? An instruction verse for finger knitting. One way to teach finger knitting is to use a small action story…

Something NEW happening here!

Posted under Make

6Oct
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Want to know a little secret?   This blog is about to undergo a bit of a revamp. Super excited! I’m going to meld my crafty fun work with my ‘family day care’ work so it’s all in ONE PLACE! It will mean I have more time to post here more regularly, and share more fun activities for you, and…

Ipads in Early Childhood Education. Incorporating the use of ipads in the early years classroom?

Posted under Ideas for Educators

3Oct
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    Ipads in early childhood education?  YES or NO?   A while back, I read that three kindergartens in Queensland are taking part in this new study to examine the ‘educational benefits’ of ipad use, particularly concerning the development of literacy and numeracy in preschool children.  I nearly choked on my cup of tea! ipads in early childhood education….

How to make carob balls with a twist -Carob Tahini Rice Puff balls

Posted under Recipes

19Sep
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How to make Carob Balls Back in 2009, when I first began writing this little ol’ blog, this was the very first recipe I posted. It’s the perfect children’s cooking experience for educators leading up to Christmas as they can be frozen in batches of 9 in individual zip lock bags. (So, each child makes ten of these balls –…