The way you measure a society’s soul is by the way that it treats its children.
Nelson Mandela

Kidz Newz no. 131 – 6th February 2014

Welcome back to Kidz Newz after the Christmas break, and welcome especially to all new subscribers, including those from the recent ASME Summer School in Perth. Kidz Newz is a regular newsletter with information and teaching tips for anyone involved with young children. You are receiving this because you have attended one of my workshops, purchased a book, or you have requested to be on the mailing list. Thank you. Please forward this to anyone you feel it may be of interest to. Feedback is welcome. Don’t forget to stay in touch on our Facebook Page and watch out for our exclusive fan page competitions.

Congratulations Competition Winners

Congratulations to Emily-Rose Stuttard and Jane Nicholas from the ASME Summer School competition. They both one a Scarf Magic Pack.


I wonder how many of you have fallen off the wagon already in terms of your new year’s resolutions? The problem with making these resolutions is that too often we set goals that are unattainable so we set ourselves up for failure, but if it is something we REALLY want to achieve then we don’t even have to make a resolution at all because it’s going to happen anyway. If it is something we would quite like to achieve, then we need commitment and a game plan or it simply won’t happen. I came across this famous passage again recently and thought I’d share it with you as it says far more eloquently what I’m trying to say and brings in another dimension. I am always inspired whenever I read it and find it sends a tingle down my spine. Not surprisingly, it is called Commitment. Enjoy!

Until one is committed, there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back, always ineffectiveness.

Concerning all acts of initiative (& creation) there is one elementary truth, the ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans:

That the moment one definitely commits oneself, then providence moves too.

All sorts of things occur to help one that would otherwise never have occurred.

A whole stream of events – issues from the decision raising in one’s favour all manner of unforeseen incidents and meetings and material assistance, which no man could have dreamt would have come his way.

I have learnt deep respect for one of Goethe’s couplets:

“Whatever you can do or dream you can … begin it. For boldness has genius, power and magic in it.”

W.N. Murray – The Scottish Himalayan Expedition 1951

Stock Clearance – HELP!

I am moving house next week and urgently need to clear some stock. I have often mentioned the work of Barbara Pheloung and her team at Move to Learn, a motor-sensory program for early intervention. She has some amazing books and I had the privilege of training with her and her principal OT trainers a few years ago. I bought a whole lot of books that I’m now trying to move asap so I am offering them at whole sale price.

Help Your Child to Learn – normally $30.00 – NOW $15.00! SAVE $15.00

Help Your Class to Learn – normally $30.00 – NOW $15.00! SAVE $15.00

Scarf Magic (Kidz-Fiz-Biz) – normally $55.00 – NOW $45.00! SAVE $10.00

Scarf Magic DVD – normally $27.50 – NOW $17.50! SAVE $10.00

Let’s Get Physical DVD (PD session) – normally $49.50 – NOW $39.50! SAVE $10.00

Valid until midnight Wed 12 Feb. Contact me directly at to get these savings.

Quotes of the Week

Excellence can be obtained if you care more than others think is wise, risk more than others think is safe, dream more than others think is practical, and expect more than others think is possible. (source unknown)

Unless you have a vision and a mountain to climb, the spirit will die. (unknown)

Entertainment – AND Another Competition

We have just celebrated Australia Day here in the land of Oz (26th January) and I wanted to share with you an hilarious cartoon. The first 3 people to correctly ‘translate’ the ‘Strine’ (Australian slang) into good English will win one each of Barbara Pheloung’s books (valued at $60.00) PLUS a Scarf Magic DVD (valued at $27.50). I just ask you to pay for postage.

Feedback (on the Let’s Get Physical DVD)

Hello Marlene.

Today I watched your DVD with ours and others music. Wooow!!! It was just like watching Tessa run a session. Fantastic. I am the musician part of our company but having stood beside her for so many years I have a PRETTY GOOD idea of what works and how to do it. So, you are right on the button. I was so impressed.

… your experience and professionalism is superb.

Good job Well done.

I am rapt!!


Brian Ringrose
Christchurch NZ

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.

PO Box 6894, East Perth WA 6892, Australia
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Marlene Rattigan, Editor
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