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Balance and Coordination

Balance is the ability to maintain and co-ordinate a controlled body position no matter what activity we are doing. We need to be able to maintain our balance and co-ordination whether we are still or moving. Balance and coordination are multi-sensory skills requiring proper functioning of the vestibular system. It allows the body to maintain controlled positions when performing tasks.
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Fostering Talent and Giftedness in Learners

As parents and teachers we need to encourage skills in children so they can recognize what their talents and gifts might be.  We are all good at something it is just a matter of being exposed to as many experiences as possible so we can recognize our talents. Whether your child is gifted or talented, or both, here are a few suggestions to encourage their development.
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Children’s Bed Time Strategies

Establishing a bed time routine for your children can be both rewarding and challenging. If you find routine difficult then you are not alone. It can be hard work to cater for more than one child at bedtime as often they have different needs and personalities. It has been suggested that one of the best children's bed time strategies is for you follow a routine with children. You will find that it may be slow going at the beginning but persistence will pay off.
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Simple Steps to Help Challenged Learners with Reading

Becoming a competent reader for learners who have challenges with language and processing, can be achieved with slow but steady progress if there is an understanding of the sequence of steps that challenged learners need to follow to gain access to becoming literate in reading.
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Humour and Laughter in the Learning Environment

Using laughter as a teaching tool will strengthen your relationship with your learners and attract them to you for positive interactions. This promotes bonding of adults and children, enhances team work, and can help to defuse conflict.
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Show and Tell - The Importance of Being Important

As teachers we are always amused by the honesty of children. The beautiful 3 year old who will announce to the group very personal information about their family. We mostly keep this to ourselves and encourage ways of more appropriate use and timing of language. This can be achieved with well planned “Show and Tell”.
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16 Important Focus Areas That Support Children’s Literacy Development

As parents who are concerned that your children should succeed in learning to become literate you are probably already doing many things in your home and social environment to assist your children’s literacy learning. The things that you can do at home will engage and encourage your children while complementing and supplementing the learning they are doing at school.
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Scientific Literacy in Education.

The fascination of science and how nature works is an area of the curriculum where parents and teachers can excel in motivating a keen interest in learners. Encouraging and catering to learners' enquiring minds goes a long way to having them display a strong interest in scientific knowledge.
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Earth Day History and Facts from Around the World

In case you might be asking yourself, Earth Day is a very real event and now a global celebration. First incepted back in 1970, this special occasion is dedicated to raising awareness of the environment and the relationship between the human race and every other species on earth. In other words, Earth Day is a reminder that for everything we do on this planet, we must also realize that our actions have an impact on every other inhabitant on earth which has just as much right to life as we do.
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Handwriting

Handwriting is one of the most complex behaviours we learn and continue to perform. Organising our thoughts on paper is far more difficult than processing speech. Handwriting is one of the building blocks for becoming literate. It promotes our visual memory and encourages a certain level of unconscious skill to automate the process of graphic maturity. With practice and consistent exposure handwriting becomes fluent.
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Fun Facts and Easter Traditions Around the World

As opposed to most annual celebrations, Easter takes place on a different date in either March or April every year and commemorates the resurrection of Jesus Christ. However, what has any of this got to do with the Easter Bunny or chocolate eggs? Well, decorating eggs was an ancient tradition of great significance, and for many centuries, Christians believed that these eggs were an important symbol for new life and resurrection.
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Decreasing Stress in Home Education

Decreasing stress in home education, whether this is homework or home schooling, allows you to identify the many and varied responsibilities that may be challenging.  One parent likened it to needing the knowledge of Homer; the patience of Job; and the courage of a lion. Within a family we hope for love; understanding; cooperation; recognition of our strengths and weaknesses; forgiveness for our blunders; and praise when we do well.
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