Lockdown creepy crawlies

The lovely people at New Zealand Geographic magazine have been sharing some of their content on Facebook under the hashtag #togetherathome. Here’s one of their stories about spiders! For more stories and lockdown activities checkout https://www.facebook.com/NewZealandGeographic/

Self isolation – Survival tips for families

Indoor activities for toddlers Get out the card board boxes and create! Let the imaginations flow. A box can be anything: a train, ramps for cars, an airplane, a house. Shaving cream is a wonderful indoor sensory activity that toddlers love. Squirt some on a pan and just let them have fun. Add food coloring if you like. You might

Reading to your children can reduce their stress and yours

Children need to feel safe and cared for. When children are stressed they can feel unsafe, overwhelmed, and scared. If the stress is too great or goes on for too long it can become `toxic’. After a while children will begin to feel hopeless, numb and even dead inside. And it will begin to affect their wellbeing, learning and brain development.

Prisons and Recidivism

How do prison reform, rates of recidivism, and reading to children all fit together? These might seem like odd things to all pull into the same sentence, but increasingly there is a convincing body of evidence suggesting that, along with other kinds of family contact, reading to and engaging in literacy education with their children

Talking Matters

Reading and talking to babies and young children builds their brains. In this video we see how Talking Matters is measuring how many words some parents are using in a day with their child and what the response from their child is. Read and talk more! How much do you talk to your baby and

The value of reading to babies and young children

Introduction There is a great array of research material that examines the effects of reading to babies and young children, with the majority focusing on preschoolers rather than infants, and this literature clearly illustrates that sharing books with young and very young children produces myriad positive effects and long-lasting benefits. Well-established research reminds us that