All posts by Sonya McIntyre

Sonya was born in Lower Hutt and went to Rata Street Kindergarten and Petone Kindergarten. A qualified ECE, she studied at Victoria University in Wellington and has worked with home-based educators, in community-based childcare and in kindergarten. With childhood memories of reading books and writing stories, combined with her passion for all things social media, Sonya segued into her role with us at Storypark as social media manager.

Children moving between services

One of the great things about Storypark is that it can follow the child. That means that when a child comes to you from another learning service, or maybe returns to your service after a time away, you can have...

/ June 22, 2016

Spell check

You have just created a detailed learning story for one of the children at your learning service. You have captured the child’s learning in that moment, intentionally recognised the learning that has occurred, and expounded on how this learning/interest can...

/ June 22, 2016

Changing rooms

Moving from one room to another can be a very important transition for a child. With Storypark, the aim is to make that transition as simple as possible. Rooms in Storypark are just a way of sorting through the full...

/ June 22, 2016

Families with multiple children at a centre

It is always great when a child’s brother or sister starts at your centre. So we want to make sure that it is as simple as possible to share that with the parents. That means you can invite them with...

/ June 22, 2016

Making family admins

Storypark only allows one parent to be invited for each child, so that there is less chance of the wrong parent being invited for a child. That does mean though that when one parent has been invited, they need to...

/ June 22, 2016

Documenting your continuous professional learning

Being a teacher can also mean being a learner. You need to be able to make observations and capture reflections on what you learn as part of your teaching practice, as well as what the outcomes for children have been....

/ June 22, 2016

Is it wrong to love the children you teach?

When studying to become an early childhood educator, I always remember a lecturer stressing the importance of maintaining a professional distance from becoming too close to the children you teach. It was unprofessional to develop strong feelings for children. I...

/ June 17, 2016

Using macrons on Storypark

Cultural sensitivity and understanding are big considerations these days, and rightly so. One way that you can include this in your teaching practice is to make sure that you spell words correctly including making use of the appropriate macrons. Macrons are...

/ June 16, 2016

Learning in a puddle

One of my clearest childhood memories is of a friend and I walking to school and coming across a gigantic puddle. It was like a magnet that drew us closer and closer. I remember us looking at each other, no...

/ June 8, 2016

Mentoring advice part three – your words

In our third and final article focusing on advice imparted on educators by their mentors, we have a wonderful collection of your own words and personal stories. We have no doubt that they will inspire you in different ways and we hope...

/ June 1, 2016