The importance of selecting high quality childcare has been recognised as impacting on the success a child can have when they start school. Parents often have difficulty in knowing which aspects are important to look at. In August 2010 ERO (Education Review Office) looked at Quality in Early Childhood Services. They found that change and development in the sector in recent yea . . . more
16/2/2009 Maraetai?s Chris Shirley is passionate about our marine history ? and it?s a passion he wants to help pass on to future generations. Chris featured in the PC Times about 18 months ago when he was involved in a bid to purchase the historic schooner, Te Aroha, for use as a floating classroom. Chris, a Teacher,Sailing instructor and Commercial Master Mariner, is deputy chairman of . . . more
The Montessori classroom
By Mary Anne Winslow
It's undoubtedly true that man has all the qualities that are needed to develop himself from the very moment of birth. Each and every one of us possesses within ourselves a unique psyche. Unlike animals, we do not have hereditary instincts that are passed down through generations, such that a kitten, puppy or a tiger cub behaves similarly to its pare . . . more
Paul and Gail Dennison
January 23, 2004
Educational Kinesiology (Edu-K) is a distinct and dynamic branch of education, one founded on the principle that movement is the basis for all learning. The Latin root word educare (?to educate?) comes from educere (?to draw out?), and kinesis means movement. In Edu-K we say that movement patterns influence function, while function likewise influenc . . . more
Choosing a School for a Five Year Old
Revised edition 2002
How to use this publication
There are five sections, the content of which is described below.
Choosing a School: Step by Step
Follow these steps to make a list of possible schools for your child. Then use the Information for parents sec . . . more
Starting a new school can be scary. Those concerned with mental health in schools can play important prevention and therapeutic roles by helping a school establish a welcoming program and ways to provide ongoing social support.
Special attention must be directed at providing Office Staff with training and resources so they can create a welcoming and supportive atmosphere to everyone who enter . . . more
Speech to the 1998 Planning Hui of the Adult Reading and Learning Assistance (ARLA) Federation of Aotearoa New Zealand: Waipapa Marae, University of Auckland, Saturday 20 June. Published in Nga Kete Koreo, the Journal of Literacy Aotearoa, July, 1999.
During his second voyage of discovery, James Cook had two boats which arranged to meet in Queen Charlotte Sound. They did not. After waiting a . . . more
Effective, no-drug antidepressant trialled
Depression and anxiety sufferers on treatment waiting lists will trial a self-help cognitive therapy programme.
The programme has been proven overseas to decrease depression and, in some cases, even obviate the need for further therapy.
The head of Australasia?s only university-based CT training unit, Massey University?s Associate Professor Paul . . . more
When couples separate, adults who regard themselves as reasonable in most situations become vitriolic in their exchanges with each other, too hurt to be grown up and too helpless to do anything but blame the other for the agonies they feel.
Children find themselves exposed to this conflict, and research is absolutely clear that such exposure is destructive to them.
Because children of all . . . more
The Benefits of Establishing High Expectations for Positive Behaviours in a Classroom Learning Community, are identified in the following research summmaries:
A safe and caring learning environment maximizes learning.
Research also shows that clearly articulated expectations for positive behaviours in a learning community provide emotional safety and the relaxed alertness that create the hig . . . more
Ask any teacher and they will say that swearing seems to have increased. Words that used to be forbidden have become mainstream language. Children learn from their parents, siblings, peers and television. One Principal at a primary school admitted that he sometimes "lets out a 4 letter word" in the privacy of his home but will not accept it in his school regardless of the intent. Ask any child . . . more
Freedom is a core, but often misunderstood, Montessori principle. Shannon Helfrich, an AMI trainer of trainers, defined freedom as the capacity to pause in the face of certain stimuli and make a choice, to the exclusion of all other choices.
How do our children go about making that choice? They can?t make it without prior knowledge and experience. They gain that knowledge and experience fro . . . more
This is a letter written by Gail Dennison for us to give to parents who have questions about Brain Gym and its origins. I think it is an outstanding letter and want to share it with all of you:
Brain Gym(R) is a learning-readiness program used in schools, homes, and businesses in more than 80 countries around the world. This movement-based program was founded on the research of educators . . . more
Kia-Kaha (Maori word for "stand strong") was established in New Zealand by the Telecom Corporation and the New Zealand Police Education Officers. New Zealanders have created guidelines and charters that urge schools to acknowledge their "moral obligation to reduce bullying." Hundreds of Police Education Officers are trained to implement the Kia-Kaha program in schools. They encourage the entire sc . . . more
Deciding on a school.
Most children attend the school closest to where they live. These are usually listed in the Yellow Pages of the telephone directory. Parents and caregivers can enrol their children at any state school of their choice. However, if a school has too many children wishing to enrol, the Ministry of Education may allow a school to operate an enrolment scheme to prevent over-crow . . . more