Category: Inspiration

Inspiration, tips and fun stuff

Stop the cobwebs and ghouls

Is it time to stop the cobwebs and ghouls? Tessa McStravick asks this question and offers some non-spooky alternatives for Halloween. One October, walking into a department store, my friend Ani came across a human skeleton seated on a bench...

/ October 4, 2017

More study tips for ECE students

In my previous blog, I started a conversation about the issues of working, life, family and studying. The challenges are real, and the trifecta of time, energy and location is often times a real challenge. I might ‘feel’ like studying,...

/ September 27, 2017

Not another “no” with toddlers

As I was driving this morning, I passed a food van parked by the side of the road. On its side was emblazoned its business name, ‘Not Another Pie Van’. I drove on, wondering what they sold (presumably not pies)....

/ September 20, 2017

Study tips for ECE students

Early childhood teachers are a studious group of people, and this means they often find themselves engaging with some higher learning over the course of their life time. Taking on a ‘couple of papers’, starting a Master’s degree, or gaining...

/ September 3, 2017

12 Fabulous Picture Books Featuring Great Dads

Would you like to get your hands on some brilliant picture books featuring great fathers? Here’s a selection to look for in your local bookshop.   Keys, by Sacha Cotter, illustrated by Josh Morgan (English version, Huia, 2014)  Ngā Kī,...

/ August 27, 2017

Things teen mums want you to know

Some people have their children early, some late. In this blog, I’m discussing the stigma related to having my child young. So, what’s one to do when face to face with a youthful looking mum, a teen mum at that,...

/ August 17, 2017

Less can be more when documenting children’s learning

There are two schools of thought around the aesthetics of documenting children’s learning. Some educators prefer to create colourful borders and backgrounds using various programmes and apps, which they then upload as an image to a child’s Storypark profile. Others...

/ April 27, 2017

Bring the magic

The Storypark blog shares diverse opinions from educators and parents all over the world. Today our guest blog is from the author of ‘Uplifting Early Childhood‘. What are your thoughts? Share them below in the comments, we’d love to hear...

/ April 19, 2017

Trade secrets of early childhood educators

Every occupation has its own trade secrets. We are lifting the lid on 10 little known facts about early childhood educators! In our heads, we high-five ourselves when we make it to the end of a book without interruptions. It’s...

/ January 23, 2017

Art explorations for early learners

Art is often about the process, rather than the product – which is particularly important to remember when doing art activities with young children. As early childhood educators, we’re all familiar with the idea that if the end products all...

/ January 5, 2017