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Art when you’re not arty

Darren Brisbane is the author of many inspiring and insightful Amplify stories, often sharing lessons learned at the expense of his own preconceptions.  This story about how he took a complete turnaround on templates for children’s art activities is another example of his candid style.   While Darren works with school-aged children, this article will appeal […]

Tales from a River Kindy

“She started drawing in the wet sand, placing her found items in just the right way. As she began, I walked away. This was not my experience, it was hers and it’s not my right to interpret what she is doing.” New Amplify guest writer Linda Tandy is a nature based educator with Inspired Family […]

Prepare for World Poetry Day

Early childhood and early primary years educators are quite possibly the most active poetry readers in Australia.  Don’t laugh: it’s true! Regardless of whether you have sonnets by your bedside, or you don’t know your iambic from your pentameter, chances are that you read aloud from a book of poetry nearly every day at work. Poetry […]

Get ready for Harmony Week 2019

17-23 March 2019 Almost 50% of all Australians were either born overseas or have a parent who was born overseas, a fact that the organisers of Harmony Week 2019 are keen to share this year. That’s right: Harmony Week. This year is the first time organisers (currently the Australian Department of Home Affairs) have extended […]

Did you miss it? Top five from 2018

Welcome back to Amplify in 2019. We’re starting the year in traditional style, looking forward and back. Looking ahead, there’s a story tapping into the New Year resolutions many of you are making to improve your own and the children’s physical activity and guess what? Research is saying that improving educator and parent activity is […]

Teapot music

Teaching in rhythm and rhyme – free PD plan in Rattler Magazine

Bring back the rhyme Think back to your earliest years of memory – at home, in preschool or in school. There’s a good chance that one of your most enduring memories will be in song. It might be a song your mother, grandfather, or bus driver sang, or a song from the end of year […]

This old step, St Stephen's Preschool, Normanhurst

This old step

It’s a mess.  Green, pink, red, yellow, blue and grunge-coloured splotches and drips cover its top and sides.  It could welcome an application of steel wool and some elbow grease, or perhaps a new coat of paint in a fashionably Scandinavian shade of white or ecru.

But as long as I’m director, that’s not going to happen.

Simple guide to glitter alternatives

Glitter alternatives, a CELA Simple Guide

Alternatives to glitter The Great Glitter Debate (or GlitterGate as we like to call it at CELA) has been around for years – so why bring it up again each time there’s a story about banning the tiny plastic sparkles in the media? For one thing, the discussion is worth having simply because of the turnover among […]

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