#ReadforEmpathy on June 13th!
A new UK based organisation, EmpathyLab, has been working in 11 pilot schools with children aged 4 – 11 and their teachers, exploring the idea of empathy. They will all be celebrating Empathy Day on June 13. EmpathyLab’s founder, Miranda McKearney talks to ITM’s Andy Homden.
It is what it is?
As an international school principal, there were a number of recurring problems that never seemed to get solved to anyone’s complete satisfaction, writes Andy Homden. Finding reliable suppliers for sports team kit was one of these.
Third Culture Chinese
Children’s book reviewer Kate Shepherd looks at three very different stories about the experience of Chinese children. Freedom Swimmer by Wai Chim is a dramatic story for young adults, based on true events at the end of the Cultural Revolution, while two thought-provoking and beautifully illustrated picture books for younger children by Sally Rippin examine the issue of cultural identity of Chinese children living in Australia.
April 22 resources for Primary and the Early Years
Earth Day is celebrated annually on April 22 and is the perfect occasion to get the school community together to raise environmental awareness. Jan Homden has compiled ideas & resources in a free PDF suitable for children from the Early Years through Upper Elementary / Primary
This is the first selection of recommended books reviewed by Kate Shepherd to be published monthly in ITM. Kate has specialised in reviewing books recommend for international schools and the IB’s PYP. Kate regularly reviews for Gleebooks, one of the oldest independent bookstores in Sydney.
For children, by children.
A fanciful dream that became a phenomenon – Cat Lunjevich relates the story of how three students created and developed a highly respected museum, now recognised by Museums Aotearoa – New Zealand’s professional body for museums and museum workers!
K-12 maths starters on line
What is the smallest number to contain the letter ‘a’? Is a square a rectangle? What is the hardest multiplication fact to recall? John Tranter reveals the answers in a new maths resource available free on line for use in your lessons!
Quality newspapers for younger readers are becoming increasingly popular. First News UK was started in 2006 and has since acquired a readership of over 2 million and is subscribed to by over 50% of UK schools. Now First News is launching an International Edition in April: First News International.
For many years, children and adults alike have enjoyed LEGO to create all manner of wonderful imaginings. This toy, that enthralls and captivates the hearts and minds of many, has been a staple in households for decades and its enjoyment and educational value is seemingly limitless, as Maggie Green explains
It was a grey, wet Saturday when we set off to the local cinema for a midday screening of ‘Song of the Sea’. In a small studio theatre that was almost half full with an audience of 26, ranging from toddler to middle aged and everything in-between, we sampled ‘cinema treats’ while waiting for the film to begin.
Get going with bears!
If you need some new ideas about how to set up a wide range of bear related activities, download Jan and Tony’s comprehensive guides for early years and lower primary, compiled from proven activities in the classroom and the best free resources on the net.