One dad’s story of a camp that marked his son’s journey into manhood. As told to Melissa Cowan My son was 13 years old when we went on a camp on a site in Byron Bay hinterlands to mark his transition into manhood. He was starting...
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There are plenty of wonderful books for kids that should pique their interest in things scientific! Here are just a few of the interesting ones. Backyard Buddies by Andy Geppert, pub. Hachette, Picture Book RRP$19.99 A beautifully illustrated somewhat factual introduction to the hoppy, crawly, wriggly, buzzy,...
You’re probably already encouraging STEM at home and don't realise it, writes Rebecca Kerr Children are naturally curious. They’re constantly engaging with their surroundings and observing the world around them. As a parent and role model, you may choose to lean into their exploration and encourage...
The fast pace of modern urban living can be mentally and physically draining. Add the strains of a pandemic, and these challenges can multiply. Imagine being a school student and having to focus on learning and studying during this time. Being an attentive student can be...
by physiotherapist and clinical pain neuroscientist, Sarah Wallwork Bang! A child trips and grazes their knee. Your toddler bumps his head on the table. Your niece stubs her toe. The tears flood in. Do you: (a) tell them to “brush-it-off”, (b) make a fuss and laboriously check...
Researchers Emma Sciberras, Anna Jackson, Glenn Melvin and Louise Brown asked parents who said these 3 strategies (and tips) can help COVID lockdowns and home schooling seemed never-ending for a lot of families. But there were some silver linings. Our new research published in two papers looked...
As another elite boys’ school goes co-ed, are single-sex schools becoming an endangered species? asks Professor Amanda Keddie One of Australia’s most prestigious boys’ schools has just announced it will go co-ed. Last week, Sydney’s Cranbrook School – whose alumni include Kerry and James Packer and Atlassian...
Let’s turn to practicalities and get you started on your urban field naturalist journey. It can seem daunting, and you might not know where to begin, but these five simple steps will do the trick. Even when you’re an experienced urban field naturalist, it’s still always...
Catherine McTamaney, looks at how she changed teaching and why she remains influential today One hundred and fifty years after Maria Montessori’s birth, tens of thousands of teachers around the world still hail her innovations and educational philosophy. One of Italy’s first female doctors, Montessori applied her...
Imagine you go to the supermarket to buy food for your family. You purchase three bags of groceries. As you leave the store, you throw one bag into a rubbish bin … This scenario might seem ridiculous, but it’s a very apt analogy for the waste...