February 21, 2022

Questions to ask schools about Prep.

It seems incredibly early to be talking about Prep when children are still settling into kindy, however a number of local schools have opened up out-of-catchment […]
February 17, 2022

New beginnings!

Everyone has had many experiences of the new before it becomes the norm.  We’re all going through that experience now with the start of the new […]
July 23, 2021

Children’s Drawings

Why do some children love to draw? Why do others avoid it at all cost? I believe the answer to both questions is a combination of […]
July 16, 2021

FAIL (First Attempt In Learning).

Don’t you just love this! If we could re-frame FAIL to First Attempt In Learning in children’s (and adults) thinking, I truly believe we could transform […]
June 2, 2021

Maths is everywhere!

Maths is everywhere. Maths is all about thinking, noticing, problem-solving, having-a-go, being curious and persevering. It would be hard to have a conversation with children without […]
May 14, 2021

Parenting for the long game!

Tantrums! Big emotions! Sticking with saying ‘No’! In the thick of a difficult interaction, it’s hard to stick with the original decision. Every parent has had […]
February 26, 2021

Whose choice is it?

Having agency means “being able to make choices and decisions to influence events and to have an impact on one’s world.” (Early Years Learning Framework, p. 45). It feels […]
December 11, 2020

Transitioning to Prep

(Adapted from Gowrie Connections Newsletter Issue 36 December 2020) On this last day of 2020, I’m not sure I’m able to think and write any useful […]
November 27, 2020

Big Emotions

I believe this has been the year when we, as adults, have gained a greater understanding of the impact of big emotions. Fear, worry and uncertainty […]