Author Archive for: ‘Bonkers Beat’

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Healthy Lunches for a Healthy Future

Whether it’s back to school or just starting, healthy, nutritious lunches are crucial for children to make the most of every day. The first step to a great lunch with lots of variety is a good lunch box. Aim for something with a few different compartments to minimise the need for wrappings. The Organised Housewife also suggests that lunch boxes are: …

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Celebrating Australia Day Four Ways

Australia Day is often associated with the public holiday, fireworks and the beach, but when it comes to our early childhood educational services, Australia Day can be a special opportunity to celebrate this great country. To mark the occasion this year, we’ve come up with four avenues for you to explore and offered some ideas and activities for your service …

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Tips for Easing Transition to School

Welcome to 2015! What an exciting year ahead and this time of year is particularly busy as we see children transitioning from one room to another and some children starting primary school! The transition process varies from child to child – some find it stress-free and easy while others can struggle at first and take a bit longer to feel …

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Ring the Bells

And here we are in December! Can you believe that we are now fast-approaching the end of the year?   No doubt it is an incredibly busy and exciting time for all as we prepare for children moving on to primary school, young children moving up to different rooms and everyone getting into the spirit of Christmas and end of …

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Western Australia Welcomes Bonkers

Not only was November a very busy month, it also marked a ‘first’ for Bonkers the Monkey – his very first trip to Western Australia! While Bonkers and Galina travel a lot both in and out of Australia, this was an exciting maiden voyage for the Bonkers Beat team. And what a wonderful, warm and welcoming place Western Australia is! …

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Participation for Sense of Community and Belonging

As educators and/or as parents of children, we regularly encourage these young people to participate and ideally to be an active participant where possible. Why? Because this is of course a fantastic way to learn and to work towards the goal of belonging, being and becoming. We are, after all, not solitary beings and frequently as both children and adults …

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5 Ways to Approach Father’s Day With Care

Father’s Day is a brilliant way of celebrating dads and all that they bring to our lives. Everywhere we look in shopping centres in the lead up to Sunday 7 September this year, promotional material encourages us to show dad how much we care and to spoil him, and it is around this time that early childhood educators organise our …

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Reaping the Rewards of Reading

We all have a book from our childhood that has special significance, perhaps even several that we treasure and love to revisit even now. The joy of stories and reading is something that Bonkers Beat truly believes in and this is why we are so excited to celebrate Book Week 2014. The obvious benefit of reading to and with children …

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Early Childhood Conference of the Performing Arts 2014

Based on the theme of ‘Learning Through Musical Play’, the 19th Early Childhood Conference of the Performing Arts takes place in Victoria this weekend, presented by the Victorian Orff Schulwerk Association. As you can imagine, this conference is something that the Bonkers Beat team is passionate about and we are proud to announce that Galina Zenin will be among the …

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Growing Through Emotional Intelligence

Children’s imaginations are racing every day as their various types of intelligence are developed and they continue to learn new things. One particularly crucial area that they are experimenting with and learning about is emotions. Emotional intelligence and awareness are very important skills for becoming a confident, resilient adult. The Victorian government’s education website identifies the set of skills involved …

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