Raising Your Child in a Digital World:

Finding a healthy balance of time online without techno tantrums and conflict

Early Childhood Teachers

Is Technology Robbing Children of Their Creativity?

May 20, 2014
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“Creativity in children just isn’t the same anymore.”   It’s a common complaint I hear echoed from teachers across the country. “Kids just aren’t as creative as they used to be…”   And often, technology is blamed.   “All this time spent watching TV* is to blame.” {*In fact, you can insert any popular children’s […]

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How to Choose the Right Apps for Young Children

Feb 9, 2014
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I downloaded an app for Taj (3.5 years old) the other day. It was a dinosaur app. He LOVES dinosaurs. The app contained talking dinosaurs, it correctly pronounced all of their names (in a fluent way that Mummy just cannot), it contained a jig-saw puzzle, a tonne of information about dinosaurs and lots of other […]

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Why Knowing Their ABCs and 123s Will NOT Prepare a Child for School

Sep 18, 2013
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Up until a few years ago being ‘ready for school’, meant knowing your letters, numbers, shapes and colours. We thought of ‘school readiness’ in terms of WHAT children needed to KNOW and be able to DO to be successful learners at school. As a teacher, I know that we tended to focus on basic literacy […]

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Are Apps Duping Parents and Teachers?

Aug 20, 2013
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You’ve seen the situation many times. A restless toddler in a café or doctor’s surgery [insert the name of any place where young children have to wait with little opportunity to play or explore and/or make a noise]. Mum reaches into her bag and searches frantically. Then she pulls ‘it’ out. Silence. Well actually no, not […]

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The Five Essential Building Blocks for Learning

Mar 18, 2013
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We now know more than ever about how babies and young children’s brains are built, thanks to advances in science research. What is interesting to note, is that these new insights are telling us that the way our grandparents parented is in fact the ideal model. It is called ‘ancestral’ parenting and it is simple. We […]

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Appy Parents: Apps for Finding Quality Children’s Apps

Feb 5, 2013
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Finding Apps and App Reviews  As noted in an earlier blog about quality educational apps, parents (and teachers) are faced with the difficult and confusing task of selecting the best apps for their children. With over 700 000 apps in the iTunes App Store alone, this is an onerous task.  This blog post will direct […]

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Best Book Apps for Children

Nov 23, 2012
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There is no better gift you can give than a love of reading. So why not ‘gift’ apps as Christmas gifts? Not only are many book apps educational, but they are also quick and easy to ‘gift’. Plus, you will be sure that they are one gift that will be used, well after Christmas Day. For […]

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Appsolutely Amazing: Apps for Preschoolers

Aug 20, 2012
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New mobile devices like iPhones, iPads and Android phones now allow young children unprecedented access to a range of apps. Many of these apps are marketed as ‘educational’ but it is interesting to note that there is no rigorous screening process in the iTunes app store to ascertain whether an app constitutes an ‘educational’ app, […]

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