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Playful Learning, Learningful Play – by Patti Blackhurst

In April 2019, Dainfern College in Johannesburg, Gauteng, hosted 300 delegates from all over South Africa at a 2-day Early Childhood Development (ECD) conference themed 'Playful Learning, Learningful Play'.  Our very own Galina Dolya was their keynote speaker. Here...

Choosing the right homeschool curriculum

This article provides invaluable advice to all homeschoolers and stay-at-home mums/dads of 2.5- to 6-year-olds.   Whether you plan to homeschool longer term, or are homeschooling preschool, pre-kindergarten, kindergarten, pre-nursery, nursery or reception to get...

A revolutionary home education

This is the story of the beautiful and gratifying reality of a home education dedicated to ensuring a deep love of learning, the development of outstanding learning abilities, and happiness.    In the last 2.5 years in our house, our 5-year-old has been: A...

Viva Vygotsky!

By Galina Dolya and Sue Palmer   LEV VYGOTSKY - A THINKER WHO CHANGED TEACHING He lived for only 38 years, but in his last decade (1924–1934), the Russian thinker Lev Vygotsky transformed the study of developmental psychology. His cultural-historical theory...

Numbers and comparison of quantities

Understanding numbers and the comparison of quantities Most pre-school children learn to recite numbers, to count a small number of objects correctly and to recognise figures. And yet many of those same children have difficulties starting Mathematics at school. They...

How the learning revolution started

Sue Palmer reports on a revolution in early years education. When a north London secondary head travelled to Russia in search of new ideas for his school he made a discovery that changed his career. Moscow, 1988. Perestroika. The work of Russian psychologist Lev...

High-quality, shared, story-telling activities

How do we help young children develop a love of story, ownership of story language, a profound understanding of story structure and a repertoire of rich language? All young children like to listen to fairy tales and other traditional stories, but do they really...

Playing games makes your child clever

This article was written by Helen Rumbelow and was originally published in The Times newspaper.   Gabriella is a seven-year-old at a state primary school in Hertfordshire. But when her teacher asks her to put on a pair of giant gold heart-shaped glasses to read...

How your child can excel in mathematics

It is unwise to push children prematurely into working with big numbers. This is NOT a way to give your child an academic boost nor to help them excel specifically in mathematics. 10 is the ceiling for a four-year-old; 5 is plenty. What is really important is not...

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