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My PD Updates
Watch this space for forthcoming presentations.
I will be in New Zealand in October. If you have any contacts in New Zealand who would be interested in hosting a PD in early childhood music and movement, please let me know their contact details and I will contact them direct. Many thanks.
Book Stocks Low
Kidz-Fiz-Biz has gone international with the release of the new UK version (revised 2nd edition) of the original 2 book pack. This has been released simultaneously throughout the UK, USA and Canada. When stocks of the original are all sold in Australia, the UK version will replace the original. What that means is that the original will become a valuable collector's item. It will not be reproduced so if you own a copy, celebrate! As there is limited stock still available, if you would like to purchase a pack or know someone who would, please get them to get in touch with me asap before they all go.
Computers and Email
Love them or hate them, computers are a part of our
lives. Our children do not know a world without them. To be a part of the
child's world, even a pre-schooler's, is to be computer literate. At the
very least, you must know the basics. It is essential that you make your
computer your friend. I make this comment because I am amazed at the
number of teachers and others who tell me they don't have an email address
or they can't remember it. This is extraordinary given that education
departments give every teacher an email address and that you can open up a
free account with hotmail, yahoo, gmail etc down at your local library or
for a minimal cost for your time, down at the local internet cafe.
Alvin Tofler in his book "Future Shock", written about thirty-five years ago, which is when computers were beginning to be used, although PCs were not yet invented, said that people who would survive and thrive in the 21st century were those who could best adapt to change. He was right of course.
In case, like me, you don't fully appreciate all that your keyboard can do, you may find the following of benefit to help you with some basic functions. I found it amongst the newsletters from Jason Jordan's PCGURU newsletter (http://www.pcguru.com.au). You might like to cut and paste it or print it for future reference.
Microsoft Word, you can use all of the function keys for common
commands. Here they are:
Advice from Technical Support: Here are a few possible solutions to your computer problems - go for a walk, ride a bike, play with your kids, talk to your partner, read a book ...
I had been teaching my three-year old
daughter, Caitlin, the Lord's Prayer
for several evenings at bedtime.
She would repeat after me the lines from the prayer.
Thank you for your product. It was really helpful to me, and the children love dancing and performing those activities.
It was worth buying it..
How wonderful to have this new book for the very young child! Clearly written and sweetly illustrated. A charming book, I recommend it.
Dr Betty Rudd, Chartered Psychologist & Teacher
|About The Author
Marlene Rattigan B.A., Dip. Ed. (ECS), CELTA
Marlene Rattigan is an Early Childhood teacher, a teacher of English as a Second Language, and from 1987-2000 was a nationally accredited fitness leader. Her background is in music education. A keen interest in motor development in children led to the creation of Kidz-Fiz-Biz which she taught successfully for 13 years. Marlene also conducts workshops for children, teachers and parents at schools, in the community and at festivals. She has produced teaching manuals complete with audio CDs which are an extension of her 'Kidz-Fiz-Biz' program.