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Ways to Improve Working Memory over the Holidays

I came across this article from the people at Sonic Learning, the ‘brain people’. Although written with a child in mind, it is actually a useful list for all of us to stop brain atrophy over the holidays. I trust you will find it useful for the children in your life as well as for yourself. Continue reading

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It’s All About Balance

Who thinks they lead busy lives? Who feels overwhelmed by the demands on their time? I would say most of you said ‘me’. The sensational advances in technology make communication and everything else in our lives, so much more efficient. The problem is, we think we have to do absolutely EVERYTHING and it all has to be done TODAY! The fact is, it doesn’t. Continue reading

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Beware the Humble Sausage Sizzle!

In a recent article on children and food, Dr Peter Dingle, Associate Professor of Toxicology at Murdoch University Western Australia, was quoted as saying that sausages contain very little of nutritional value but worse still, contain nitrates and nitrites. High levels of these chemicals have been linked to health disorders including leukaemia in children. That is not to say you should rush out and ban all forthcoming sausage sizzles, but just to be aware that if children in your care are having a diet consistently high in foods of dubious nutritional value, that you run the risk of causing them health problems of varying degrees of seriousness. This is not rocket science: you eat junk – don’t expect to have excellent health. The link is often not made though between diet and exercise and good health. Continue reading

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Tidy Kids ~ Is this an Oxymoron?

I’m probably preaching to the converted here, since most of the readers are teachers or those in the childcare industry with lots of practices in place to ensure that tidying up is never an issue. On the off-chance, however, that you still struggle in this area and would like a few more tips, here is my take on the whole issue. 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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Crunch and Sip

In Western Australia The Cancer Council and Diabetes WA have introduced a program of healthy eating in schools. The theme for 2006 was ‘Crunch and Sip’, meaning children snack on only raw fruit and vegetables during morning and afternoon breaks, and drink water only. Continue reading

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Stretching for Kids

This is a topic dear to my heart. As a seven year old, I had a serious accident resulting in permanent cervical spinal damage (neck). At the time the only concern was concussion, which I didn’t get, and healing the wound. In my twenties, while playing with my children, I injured my neck. I went to the doctor, who sent me to the physiotherapist. That was when I discovered the serious long-term damage I had sustained as a child. Continue reading

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