All posts by Sonya McIntyre

Sonya went to Rata street kindergarten and Petone kindergarten, before gaining her bachelor of education at Victoria University. As well as working with Storypark Sonya works as an ECE teacher.

Baby’s first steps: The early walker vs the late walker

You’ve been waiting for your baby’s first steps. You’ve coaxed and encouraged and cheered him on from the sidelines. But at ten months, his preferred travel option is still the belly scoot. He’s a great little scooter, but you’d really...

/ May 7, 2018

Five board books to broaden children’s horizons

Aren’t board books wonderful? It’s handy to be able to buy all sorts of classics, from The Very Hungry Caterpillar to We’re Going on a Bear Hunt, in hard-wearing editions for those of us who are still getting the hang...

/ April 10, 2018

You can’t dream what you can’t see

If you asked all the children in your learning centre, or family, what job they think they might do when they grow up, what do you think they would say?   Firefighter, astronaut, footballer, doctor, builder… Maybe something else if...

/ March 11, 2018

Expanding Children’s Horizons

A new study has confirmed that children form fixed ideas, very early on, about the kinds of jobs they will aspire to do in the future.   How do young children decide on a job? It’s not from signing up...

/ March 11, 2018

Dear Teacher

Dear teacher, I know sometimes you may wonder why I do the things I do for my child so I just wanted to explain a little.   I understand that at your centre you encourage independence, and you rejoice and...

/ February 27, 2018

3 phrases for a sexism free childhood

‘Use your walking feet, please!’ ‘Gentle hands, remember?’ ‘Use your words.’   If you live or work with small children, you will have plenty of these repeatable phrases up your sleeve. It’s good to have brief and catchy things to...

/ February 27, 2018

The new Te Whāriki in a nutshell part 2

There were five practices the Ministry of Education wants to develop further through the revamp of Te Whāriki. A rich curriculum for every child, a focus on learning that matters here, affirming of identity, language, and culture, parents, and whānau...

/ February 26, 2018

The New Te Whāriki in a nutshell.

Te Whāriki has been out for a while now, and the revised version since May 2017. So it’s time that we take a look back on the initial conversation at the launch and re-familiarise ourselves with the intent of the...

/ February 13, 2018

RIE – Respectful care with infants

   “The application of Emmi Pikler’s respectful and affectionate image of the baby has helped babies to develop well, and adults to change their internal representations of the baby’s capacities and their role as care providers.”   (Introducing the Piklerian Developmental...

/ February 4, 2018

Setting professional goals

Teaching goals, slightly different from the usual ‘drink more water/walk more’ type of goals. Nowadays, there is heaps of advice about goal setting, the Dec/Jan magazines are covered in how to get the new-you in 2018. Teaching goals are a...

/ January 28, 2018