Did you know…. Father’s Day originated from a young girl named Sonora Smart Dodd, whose mother died giving birth to her younger brother in 1898. She helped her father raise her little brothers and came up with the idea that fathers should also be celebrated while hearing a church sermon about the newly recognised Mother’s Day. The first Father’s Day was celebrated on June 5 1910, which was her father’s own birthday. Years later, in 1972 President Nixon officially declared it a national holiday.
STEM stands for science, technology, engineering and mathematics. It is well recognised that people with good STEM skills are more likely to be critical thinkers, problem solvers and innovators. For this reason, the Australian Government is supporting a greater focus on STEM education to improve personal development, future job prospects and help build the Australian economy.
This year’s theme “READING IS MY SUPERPOWER” is perfect for showing children the power of stories, and how the ability to read opens up new and magical worlds where the wondrous, impossible and magnificent can happen. Stories are so powerful they open up whole new worlds where we can all be superheroes!
‘Reading is my Superpower’ opens up realms of opportunities for fun activities in the classroom. Looking for inspiration? Here are some engaging & enjoyable classroom activities that will never cease to amuse the children:
As winter sets in, it’s often not possible to make full use of outdoor spaces at childcare centres. Yet the challenge remains to keep children active whatever the weather. Physical activity is important for children’s cardiovascular fitness, building stronger muscles, motor skill development and maintaining a healthy weight. It’s also fun, develops social skills and promotes good sleep.
Voice. Treaty. Truth is the theme to this year’s NAIDOC week. NAIDOC Week is celebrated by all Australians during 7-14 July this year and is a wonderful opportunity to engage with and learn more about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, culture, language and communities.
Going to a childcare or early learning centre is often a child’s first experience of being away from their family or carers. This can generate feelings of separation anxiety for the child, which can be distressing for parents and educators as well as the child.
It is a known fact, that the most special Mothers Day gifts come straight from the heart, particularly when they’re created by the little ones themselves! There are so many different art & craft ideas floating around but sometimes it’s hard to know where to begin. You’ve come to the right place! Here are 4 very simple but creative & thoughtful Mother’s Day activities that even the littlest of hands will grasp!
We share our planet with 8.7 million species! That’s 6.5 million species on land and 2.2 million in our oceans. Together these species create the web of life upon which human life depends. But today, up to half of all species are threatened by the result of human activity including climate change, deforestation, trafficking and poaching, habitat loss, unsustainable agriculture, pollution and pesticides to name a few.
We’ve got a new read for you! Check out the latest edition of the Early Education News, featuring some of Dr Brenda Abbey’s Top Tips on How to Create Natural Indoor Learning Spaces. Click here to download your own copy.
Research in education tells us that children learn best when they are highly interested, active and help make decisions about their learning. By learning through hands-on, sensory and real-life experiences about ANZAC Day, the little ones will have an opportunity to appreciate the importance of this commemorative occasion, and the part it plays in building peace in communities today.