Author Archive for: ‘Bonkers Beat’

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Yoga for Children on World Yoga Day – Get Involved!

Yoga used to be thought of as alternative or new age, but in 2017 it is widely celebrated for its many benefits and practiced by many. Life is busy and at times stressful for adults as well as children. Just like we use yoga to take care of our bodies and clear our heads, children can too. And the benefits …

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Support and strategies for inclusion in centres

Every child is special and deserves to be included.  The Victorian Inclusion Agency is currently hosting a range of inclusion workshops and expos around Victoria which will help you build your understanding of inclusion strategies. Bonkers and Galina were invited to take part in expos and will be sharing their techniques and resources to support the inclusion of all children. …

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early childhood education

Happy Birthday, Bonkers! – How Far We’ve Come

This month Bonkers the Monkey – the star of Bonkers Beat – is celebrating his birthday. There’s nothing quite like a birthday to reflect on life… What you’ve achieved and the goals you have for the future. Same goes for Bonkers the Monkey! Here’s a look at what Bonkers has achieved over the years, why he loves early childhood education …

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Recognising National Reconciliation Week in Centres

It’s National Reconciliation Week (NRW) from 27 May until 3 June, with 2017’s theme ‘Let’s take the next steps’. All over the country, we will see cultural, sporting, community and arts events recognising and celebrating reconciliation and its place in the story of Australia. Centres and families might like to share some of Australia’s history reconciliation journey with children during …

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Understanding Children’s Developmental Milestones

When did little Sarah start reading? Can Danny write his name yet? How many children are toilet trained by age 2? Children’s developmental milestones can be exciting, but they can also bring about needless stress. As educators, we can play a big role in guiding children toward achieving milestones. We also support parents as their children continue on their developmental journeys in …

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healthy mind, healthy body

Healthy Mind, Healthy Body

Education Week is coming up from 21 to 27 May in Victoria. The theme for this year is one very close to our hearts at Bonkers Beat – Healthy Mind, Healthy Body. For many years – and still today for some – a healthy mind was viewed as being a separate issue to a healthy body. We are big believers …

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Say it with a poem this Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day poems can be one of the most treasured, meaningful gifts a mum can receive from her child. Mother’s Day art, craft and morning/afternoon tea are all wonderful inclusions in Mother’s Day celebrations, but this year we’re focusing on poetry for the occasion. Mother’s Day Poetry – The benefits The benefits of poetry for children are many and varied. …

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reggio emilia approach

One City, Many Children – The history (and future) of Reggio Emilia

At Bonkers Beat we are big believers in the idea that we should never stop learning. That’s why we are looking for opportunities to continue our education and discover more. For anyone who is passionate about early childhood education, the Reggio Emilia Approach is well worth delving into. In this blog, we’re going to take a look at what it …

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Getting screen time right for young children in 2017

Sometimes it feels as though screens are all around us. From iPads and tablets to phones, television screens to computers. Children in particular are drawn to the glow of a screen – some children can become very attached to them. While technology like these various devices can have some benefits, like facilitating certain learning experiences, the fact is we really …

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Helping Children to Understand and Support Peers with Autism

Over 200,000 Australians are living with autism. That’s around 1 person out of every 100 people, with the condition four times more likely in boys than girls. Needless to say, spreading awareness and acceptance of autism is really important for all communities. That includes ensuring we all – including children – have an understanding of what autism is and how …

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