Never forget the power of a story

never forget the power of a story 2The simple act of reading to your child encourages him in so many ways. It develops, neural pathways, imagination, literacy skills, fine motor skills (turning pages), social skills. And perhaps most importantly, reading together develops attachment to both books & to you as a parent, it is shared time together, and so very special.

Reading is a ticket to another world, one in which anything is possible & your child is the master of their own universe, and future.

Never forget the power of a shared story.

 

Littles & Bigs fitness & health groups now on Mondays, 9.15am

Little Big fitness caters for ALL comers, little & big alike. We emphasize inclusive, low anxiety & strength based training, so be prepared to become awesome role models & get down with your littles!

If you are interested in group classes with Little Big Fitness on a Monday morning at 9.15am, please register via the registration page or call 0418193176 so I know you are coming & I can contact you if necessary.

Thanks,

Jo.

The Disturbing Transformation of Kindergarten

This is very sad. Children should not lose play as the PRIMARY tool of learning. And if our educational systems refuse to recognise age appropriate learning material it bodes ill for the future.

Americas Education Watch

nclbOne of the most distressing characteristics of education reformers is that they are hyper-focused on how students perform, but they ignore how students learn. Nowhere is this misplaced emphasis more apparent, and more damaging, than in kindergarten.

A new University of Virginia study found that kindergarten changed in disturbing ways from 1999-2006. There was a marked decline in exposure to social studies, science, music, art and physical education and an increased emphasis on reading instruction. Teachers reported spending as much time on reading as all other subjects combined.

The time spent in child-selected activity dropped by more than one-third. Direct instruction and testing increased. Moreover, more teachers reported holding all children to the same standard.

How can teachers hold all children to the same standards when they are not all the same? They learn differently, mature at different stages – they just are not all the same especially at the…

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