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Having Passion

I had the privilege last weekend of attending a school reunion, not mine, but my brother’s. It wasn’t a school year, as such, that was being celebrated but rather the year that two new, young teachers started at the school and decided it would be a good idea to put on a musical production – The Pirates of Penzance. It was such a huge success that the next year they did it again with HMS Pinafore. There were several things that were remarkable about this evening, the most obvious being the passage of time since that eventful first year – fifty years! Continue reading

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Babies and Early Childhood Development

I don’t know whether or not you’ve seen the current movie ‘Babies’. If not, I recommend it because there are lots of lessons in there for us all. It’s only short – I think 1 hour 20 minutes – and has no narration so is almost a silent movie observing babies. You might think this would be as exciting as watching grass grow, but surprisingly it is beguiling and intriguing and absolutely adorable. If you can survive the first five minutes, you’re hooked. David Stratton gave it 3 stars I think, from memory, Margaret Pomeranz gave it 4 stars. It is getting rave reviews worldwide. 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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How to Climb Mountains ~ by Paulo Coelho

Choose the mountain you want to climb:
don’t pay attention to what other people say, such as ‘that one’s more beautiful’ or ‘this one’s easier’. You’ll be spending lots of energy and enthusiasm to reach your objective, so you’re the only one responsible and you should be sure of what you’re doing. Continue reading

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Overcoming Adversity

Just when you think life’s tough and you’re contemplating going off to a little pity party on your own somewhere, the universe always manages to show you something to put it all back into perspective. I thought I’d share two recent events with you that totally amazed me and certainly made me very grateful and humble. 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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Nurturing Kids’ Hearts and Soul

You may have noticed on my website (www.kidzfizbiz.com) that I sell other products than my own books if I feel they relate well to my ideals. One of the latest additions is a beautiful book about nurturing the total child by Maggie Dent. The following passage is an extract from the book which I hope you will enjoy. Continue reading

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