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Going Green

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During recessionary times it is interesting to see people going back to basics by doing such things as learning to cook for themselves. Yes, I realise it is what most people do most of the time but this is a novel concept for some. Cooking schools, especially boutique classes, are flourishing. Along with this comes repairing your clothes so they last another season rather than tossing them out and buying anew. Some people even go so far as growing their own vegetables. Continue reading

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Background Music in the Classroom

Even if we are not consciously aware of it, music has a physiological and psychological effect on everyone. Listening to music can alter heartbeat, blood pressure and body temperature. It can stimulate us to action, or assist our retreat into slumber. A growing body of academic research asserts that background music has the capacity to influence human behaviour. Continue reading

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The Importance of Good Grammar

I often hear it said that in this day and age of computer technology with spell check and grammar check, it is not necessary to have a good command of spelling or grammar. The argument is extended to suggesting that you can always pay someone to edit your work for you. I find this a disturbing trend because it encourages sloppiness and laziness. Continue reading

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Book Review: ‘Learning Through Drama, Dance and Song’

The Kidz-Fiz-Biz book ‘Learning Through Drama and Song’ was recently reviewed by Martin Blaszk. A few of the points made by Blaszk are: Continue reading

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The Need for a Highly Developed Imagination

I was alarmed when I read an article recently indicating that many of today’s children lack imagination. Lacking imagination impairs the child’s ability to use lateral thinking, to do anything creative or to engage in dramatic play. When large numbers of children lack imagination, alarm bells should ring. It is a tragedy, not only for those children, but for the future of our planet. Continue reading

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Fit Kids

I had the privilege recently of working for four days in a primary school (K-7) in the south-west of Western Australia. The purpose was to teach musical appreciation and interpretation along with basic musical elements of pitch, dynamics, tempo, beat and rhythm. I decided to have fun with this to show the children, and their teachers, that music can be a full-bodied adventure. The experience reinforced the benefits of physical fitness. Continue reading

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Dealing With Indigo Children

I’m sure you’re all familiar with the book Indigo Children by Lee Carroll and Jan Tober. Broadly speaking these children are different, not necessarily ADD or ADHD but they can be. These children are in their own little worlds. Many children are like this but Indigos differ in their sensitivity to their surroundings and to people and in their ability to see the big picture. Continue reading

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