Coloured Sight Word Cards – advertisement of your child’s reading level or a helpful learning tool?

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I have noticed that during my school readiness talks when we come to the subject of learning to read, those coloured sight word cards are a topic often received with moans and groans from parents in the audience. For those that are not aware, when your child learns to read in kinder they are given a coloured card with a number of sight words on it. More...

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stop talking to the kids about school
By Danielle Mantakoul On Tuesday, July 21st, 2015
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Why You Need to Stop Talking About School to Your Preschooler By Danielle Mantakoul

Danielle Mantakoul

Danielle Mantakoul

BA of Ed Early Childhood and Editor at Mummy Weekly
She's described as one of the most engaging & dynamic speakers in the early childhood industry today, now having educated hundreds of thousands of parents & teachers. She has lectured for organisations such as KU Children’s Services, Only About Children, Qantas, National Australia Bank, Child Protection Australia, Goodstart and hundreds of council & private centres. She also developed and ran the popular parenting series for the Australian Financial Review.
Danielle Mantakoul

I was recently asked of a parent if it was normal for kids to worry so much about going to big school. Sure, kids worry about lots of things, but we do however play a big role here with how much our kids are worrying. Straight More...

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By Danielle Mantakoul On Tuesday, June 16th, 2015
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The Tree Making Parents, Preschoolers and the Postman Smile – The Smile Tree

Danielle Mantakoul

Danielle Mantakoul

BA of Ed Early Childhood and Editor at Mummy Weekly
She's described as one of the most engaging & dynamic speakers in the early childhood industry today, now having educated hundreds of thousands of parents & teachers. She has lectured for organisations such as KU Children’s Services, Only About Children, Qantas, National Australia Bank, Child Protection Australia, Goodstart and hundreds of council & private centres. She also developed and ran the popular parenting series for the Australian Financial Review.
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By Mummy Weekly On Thursday, May 21st, 2015
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What This Year 3 Teacher Is Doing To Create Classroom Harmony

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The Death of the Preschool Birthday Cake – have we gone too far?

Danielle Mantakoul

Danielle Mantakoul

BA of Ed Early Childhood and Editor at Mummy Weekly
She's described as one of the most engaging & dynamic speakers in the early childhood industry today, now having educated hundreds of thousands of parents & teachers. She has lectured for organisations such as KU Children’s Services, Only About Children, Qantas, National Australia Bank, Child Protection Australia, Goodstart and hundreds of council & private centres. She also developed and ran the popular parenting series for the Australian Financial Review.
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By Mummy Weekly On Wednesday, March 18th, 2015
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By Mummy Weekly On Sunday, February 1st, 2015
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“I DON’T WANT TO GO TO SCHOOL” and how you can help.

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By Danielle Mantakoul On Wednesday, January 28th, 2015
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What Your Child’s Preschool Teacher Wants You To Know

Danielle Mantakoul

Danielle Mantakoul

BA of Ed Early Childhood and Editor at Mummy Weekly
She's described as one of the most engaging & dynamic speakers in the early childhood industry today, now having educated hundreds of thousands of parents & teachers. She has lectured for organisations such as KU Children’s Services, Only About Children, Qantas, National Australia Bank, Child Protection Australia, Goodstart and hundreds of council & private centres. She also developed and ran the popular parenting series for the Australian Financial Review.
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As children start their new preschool or childcare centre experience, mums everywhere are starting to exhale from the new unfamiliar experience. Danielle Mantakoul, Early Childhood teacher and lecturer has some More...

By Danielle Mantakoul On Monday, November 17th, 2014
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Must Read Books for your Preschooler

Danielle Mantakoul

Danielle Mantakoul

BA of Ed Early Childhood and Editor at Mummy Weekly
She's described as one of the most engaging & dynamic speakers in the early childhood industry today, now having educated hundreds of thousands of parents & teachers. She has lectured for organisations such as KU Children’s Services, Only About Children, Qantas, National Australia Bank, Child Protection Australia, Goodstart and hundreds of council & private centres. She also developed and ran the popular parenting series for the Australian Financial Review.
Danielle Mantakoul

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By Mummy Weekly On Monday, November 17th, 2014
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The Chalk Making Homework Heaven

I kid you not. I have found homework heaven in chalk! Recently when dropping my son off at a playdate a few weeks ago, I noticed the windows of this house had drawings all over them. What a pain I thought, fun, More...