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What are your kids doing at school?

Since my son started school I have been so curious to find out what he's up to every day. Of course I ask him, “What did you do today?” but there are no prizes for guessing his answer. I have tried the trick of arriving early and casually hanging around outside while I innocently glance inside the classroom. Murphy's Law: I could say every child in the class except mine. Asking the teachers doesn't provide much insight either. Yes they answer me but it is vague. I want details, I want the…

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Added by Helen Hansen on March 10, 2014 at 8:12am — No Comments

A Picture is worth a thousand words, a story is worth a thousand pictures

I recently read an article in the ‘Pathways to Family Wellness’ where Joseph Chilton Pearce, best selling author on child development, discusses how imagination can save our children from becoming violent.  He explains, “The child without imagination is subject to the immediate sensory environment bombarding them, without any alternatives. If his sensory environment is unpleasant, demeaning, insulting or threatening, his survival drive gives him no choice but to…

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Added by Helen Hansen on March 4, 2014 at 10:26am — No Comments

Inspirational Teaching Space

A few years ago when my son was four years old I managed 'Forest Friends Kindergarten'.  I was an ECD teacher there, in fact I was also the principal, the domestic, the nurse, the driver, the secretary.... you get the picture.

Situated on the edge of the Tsitsikamma forest the venue for this…

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Added by Helen Hansen on February 20, 2014 at 4:04am — No Comments

Listening Like a Sponge

How well does your child listen to you?  Like most kids, my son, 8 years, listens sometimes and other times not.  Last year I had a particularly difficult time getting him to listen.  I was so frustrated and thought he was probably trying to be the "ruler" as he was going through a phase of "the man knows more", "men are rulers of the house" and "you are just a girl".

Then one day I passed by a sign with the well known phrase: “Listen like a sponge”.  I got…

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Added by Helen Hansen on February 19, 2014 at 5:06am — No Comments

A Journey through Letterland

Shortly after he turned seven, my son announced he was going to learn to read any book by himself by the time he turned eight.  After…

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Added by Helen Hansen on February 17, 2014 at 4:53am — No Comments

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