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Research and Evidence on School Starting Age

<a href="/articles/research-and-evidence-on-school-starting-age">Research and Evidence on School Starting Age</a>

Earlier this month the "Too Much, Too Soon" campaign made headlines with a letter calling for a change to the start age for formal learning in schools. Cambridge researcher David Whitebread, explains why children may need more time to develop before their formal education begins in earnest...There are several strands of evidence which all point towards the importance of play in young children’s development, and the value of an extended period of playful learning before the start of formal schooling. Read full article

Are Your Children Over-Scheduled?

<a href="/blogs/yvettevignando/2013/08/28/are-your-children-over-scheduled">Are Your Children Over-Scheduled?</a>

Do you feel stressed keeping up with your children's after-school activities? Is there a chance they might be "over-scheduled"? A quick video to make parents consider whether their kids have too many commitments outside school. And there's no connection between a child's 'success' and the number of these activities. Read full article

Violent Toys for Kids - Surely There are Boundaries?

<a href="/blogs/yvettevignando/2013/02/12/violent-toys-for-kids-surely-there-are-boundaries">Violent Toys for Kids - Surely There are Boundaries?</a>

This was one of those segments where I was genuinely shocked - a toy maker selling a toy for a young child to "play" at robbing a bank. MSN reports "The toy features a bank manager, armed shooter, gold bars and a cash machine. In case kids can’t envision how to use the pieces, photos accompanying the set show the robber pointing a gun at the manager and forcing a blonde woman to empty the machine. Way to get those young, creative minds flowing." Read full article

School's Play with No Contact Policy Upsets Students and Parents

<a href="/blogs/yvettevignando/2012/06/15/schools-play-with-no-contact-policy-upsets-students-and-parents">School&#039;s Play with No Contact Policy Upsets Students and Parents</a>

A primary school principal in Victoria, Australia has told children to "play with no contact"; the Principal explained that this direction came "directly from a safety perspective". In setting the background to this rule, Principal Ms Beckworth said the school had "a broken collarbone, broken wrist and concussion" . Children were so upset with this ban that Year 6 students are reported to have protested with some kind of 'sit in' on the oval at lunch time. It is reported that the school put a stop to the protest and that the students were called into the school hall to be spoken to about that behaviour. Parents are also reported to be upset by the ban and because the school did not consult the parent community first. Read full article

Caine's Arcade - Imagination, Inspiration, Cardboard and a Boy

Thanks to happychild blogger Carol Duncan for leading us to this wonderful 10 minute video about a nine year old boy, Caine, who built a games arcade out of cardboard boxes. He gets a huge surprise when an adult arranges, via social media, for a lot of eager customers. A fun and inspiring ten minutes for adults and children about play, creativity, vision and social media. Read full article

Why Unstructured Play is Important for Your Child

<a href="/articles/why-unstructured-play-is-important-for-your-child-0">Why Unstructured Play is Important for Your Child</a>

Unstructured, unsupervised fun could be more beneficial for your child's future than you realise. Parents are feeling they need to provide an array of structured and adult-directed activities to raise smarter children...but it is also backfiring as children are not being given the freedom to develop their own interests and creativity. Read full article

Best Australian Playgrounds - Danks Street and Plum Garland Memorial Park

<a href="/articles/best-australian-playgrounds-danks-street-and-plum-garland-memorial-park">Best Australian Playgrounds - Danks Street and Plum Garland Memorial Park</a>

This is a fantastic outing with the kids on a sunny day. Start out on Victoria Avenue picking up supplies at the IGA or grabbing a coffee from one of the cafes near Danks Street. Then head to the Danks St/Victoria Avenue playground where you can relax or catch up with friends whilst the kids explore the toddler-friendly playspaces and equipment including a birds nest swing ... Read full article

Breaking: Oranges and Textas Save Family Dinnertime

<a href="/blogs/michelle-higgins/2011/03/18/breaking-oranges-and-textas-save-family-dinnertime">Breaking: Oranges and Textas Save Family Dinnertime</a>

While according to author Janette Winterson’s novel "Oranges are not the only fruit", on one recent crisis-laden evening, oranges were all that stood between my family and a complete meltdown. It was three weeks into my two-month period of experimental single parenting, undertaken while simultaneously packing up a house, getting it ready for sale and preparing to move our family overseas. To put it mildly, the stress levels were high and on that particular afternoon the temperature was rising, fast. Read full article

Thursday 13 January 2011 Latest Parenting and Education News

<a href="/blogs/yvettevignando/2011/01/13/thursday-13-january-2011-latest-parenting-and-education-news">Thursday 13 January 2011 Latest Parenting and Education News</a>

Thursday 13 January 2011 - Links to Latest Parenting and Education news: Twins in Womb ~ Teaching Arts at School ~ Restore Untidy Play ~ Education Policy ~ No Child Left Behind ~ Men as Child Predators ~ Facebook Help for Missing Children ~ My Schools Website Read full article

Who Wants to Be a Domestic Goddess?

<a href="/blogs/gillianmartin/2010/10/31/who-wants-to-be-a-domestic-goddess">Who Wants to Be a Domestic Goddess?</a>

Yes we’ve all been to another mother’s house that has looked like she’s spent the morning actually licking it clean with her own tongue as if a lifestyle magazine photo shoot were happening that very afternoon instead of your visit for tea, biscuits and gossip. That woman will soon be having a breakdown in the middle of a supermarket aisle: you do not want to be her. Read full article