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Play Glorious Play

If you came to Launchpad on any day you would see kids playing. A lot. You might even wonder if they do anything other than play and ask if there is any “actual learning” being done.  But why [...]

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Energy Zappers – How our child’s environment can impact their ability to manage stress and cope in the world.

Hurried changeovers and long trips, being squashed like a sardine, worrying about losing children among the vast crowds, loud noises and constant visual stimulation, missed connections and [...]

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The Many Faces Of Anxiety

“Mummy I hate it here at Grandpa’s. I just want to go home.” (Tears, screaming and throwing things) Two hours later. “I don’t want to gohome, I want to stay here at Grandpa’s.” (Happy, content, [...]

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TAKING THE LEAP

It was a Sunday afternoon when we entered the busy, noisy environment of Inflatable World.  Despite some initial hesitation, my two kids ran off to play with their friends. They can be anxious in [...]

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LEARNING TO BE

Our last blog we discussed some ideas of how parents and schools can help the next generation learn ways to ‘be’ that enable young people to become their best selves.  This week we explore ways [...]

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FEEDING THE WOLF!

  So how can schools and parents help the next generation learn ways to ‘be’ that enable young people to become their best selves, develop confidence in who they are, increase their chances [...]

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Can children teach themselves?

‘When you teach a child something, you take away forever their chance of discovering it for themselves.’  Jean Piaget It is widely, and incorrectly, assumed that adults need to teach children how [...]

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Play Matters

‘Play is the highest form of research’  Albert Einstein     From the moment children are born, they are set to become learners and they learn through exploring their surroundings.  As they [...]