Disconnecting | Reconnecting

This post isn’t really about raising explorers. It’s a little personal reflection, getting in touch with nature kind of post, disconnecting to re-connect and all that. It could also just be titled “Going Bush” or “Escape to the Country”, but I like my cliches techno. We arrived home yesterday from a week-long stay at a farm in the bush with no Internet. Well,…

The Tunnel: engage kids in reading with Anthony Browne

My mum read my first blog post. “It’s great!” she said yesterday when I popped over for lunch. (She’s my biggest fan – that’s her job.) “You know, I really love that photo of the kids in the tunnel.” (She means the header above). “Yeah, me too,” I agreed, sensing the not-so-stealthy approach of a ‘but’. “But,”…

Could your preschooler be a genius?

I’m sitting here today, on school holidays, putting together a session for staff development for the first day back. To the students and parents, that’s a pupil-free day. To my husband (not a teacher), it’s coffee and cake day. As for the teachers, well, you’ll generally find a spectrum of attitudes to professional development days…

Raising Explorers

“My babe so beautiful! it thrills my heart With tender gladness, thus to look at thee, And think that thou shall learn far other lore, And in far other scenes! … thou, my babe! shalt wander like a breeze By lakes and sandy shores, beneath the crags Of ancient mountain, and beneath the clouds…” – “Frost…