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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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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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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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18 Fun Facts about St Patrick’s Day for Kids

When it comes to worldwide celebrations, few festivities reach as far and wide as St. Patrick’s Day. Famous for colorful parades, shamrocks, Guinness, and leprechauns; St Patrick’s Day marks a historical date in Irish history yet retains a certain status as a new world phenomenon. That is to say, there is truth in the historical importance of this popular holiday, but there are also many surprising facts which illustrate the intriguing nature of what is now a global event.

With the above in mind, here are some of the most bizarre, unusual, interesting and fun facts about St. Patrick's Day:

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Why Do We Write On White?

It is a misconception that black type on white paper is the best combination for readers and writers. It is the most commonly used and probably the least expensive and is easy to read by a fair percentage of the population.
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Building Self Worth in Children

As parents we want our children to be confident and independent as learners. Self-worth plays an important role in a child’s ability to develop the skills necessary to become aware of how language works and how they can use language to develop social skills and build self-worth. Building self-worth in your children is a parenting skill you use every day. Children with high self-worth will achieve at their level of capability. Children with developing levels of self-worth will need more time and understanding to allow them to gain a healthy self-worth.
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Hand Washing - Make It Part of Your Teaching Routine

Hand washing is so important, because germs love schools. The nature of the school environment makes it an ideal place for germs to spread. There is a broad spectrum of microbes out there just waiting for the opportunity to re-infect and multiply - everything from the common cold right through to whooping cough.
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Sensory Processing Disorder

Sensory processing disorder is a neurological disorder of the nervous system where your child does not process sensory information in the usual way. When a child has sensory processing disorder their brain has difficulty organising and integrating sensory input involving touch, taste, smell, hearing and vision. This may cause challenges in learning and behaviours.
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