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

Kidz Newz no. 147 – 10th December 2015

Welcome to Kidz Newz, especially to all new subscribers. 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.

Christmas Specials – Only one week left!

It is very obviously the end of year in the southern hemisphere as staff use up their budgets! I have had a run on hebi products – especially rainbow rings. Unfortunately I am not in a position to discount these but they are worth purchasing. But I can offer these –

Scarf Magic Pack – normally $55.00 – NOW $27.50 (50% discount!)

Scarf Magic DVD – normally $27.50 – NOW $14.00 (50% discount!)

Let’s Get Physical DVD – normally $49.50 – NOW $25.00 (50% discount!)

KFB Multicultural – normally $85.00 – NOW $45.00 (50% discount!)

Be quick as these specials are only valid until 18 December. Contact me directly so I can invoice you (info@kidzfizbiz.com) as these specials go only to those on my database and will not appear on the website.


I have been having untold electronic issues lately so if you have been trying to get in touch or trying to browse my website and finding it down, I apologise. First iinet then Telstra lost our internet so I was incommunicado for a few days, then my website went down taking the emails with it. That was another 6 days, then I drowned my phone and didn’t get fully established with the new one for another few days (and hadn’t backed it up since May!). All in all, it left me wondering what it all meant.

Whenever ‘disaster’ strikes it seems to come in threes, as in my case. But nothing is ever all black. Nevertheless, I had to try really hard to think of what good there could be in my recent spate of bad luck. And then I realised that it wasn’t all that long ago that we didn’t even have email or the internet, never mind mobile phones. But these days we are totally dependent on all our devices and feel seriously out of sorts when we are not connected. We feel disconnected from everything and everyone, as though we are stranded on a desert island. Most disconcerting.

Then it hit me. How bad is it all really? We have insurance and people understand (as I hope you will if you were trying to get in touch – sorry!). I realised that at this time of year we need to deliberately unplug and connect with people on a face-to-face basis. It is Christmas, a time of celebration and happiness, a time to reflect on all the good from the year instead of focussing on all the bad. All the stress about technology not working, for example, is not worth it. It just gives you ulcers. So my Christmas message to you all is to unplug and follow the advice of my cat, Simba, pictured below, and have a nap. She understands perfectly what matters most.

ANCOS – TUTTI – Conference Hobart 11-15 January 2016

I first heard about this conference a couple of years ago. It’s a bit like the hare and the tortoise – I thought I had so long to think about it I forgot! Miraculously, I am now conducting two workshops at this conference so I hope to see you all there. As I’ll also be running a trade table, do drop by and say hello.

Quotes of the Week

To be upset about what you don’t have is to waste what you do have.
– Ken Keyes, Peace Advocate

Sweet are the uses of adversity, which, like a toad, ugly and venomous, wears yet a precious jewel in its crown. 
Source unknown 

Adversity is a part of life. Being a victim is a matter of choice.
– Source Unknown

Things turn out best for the people who make the best of the way things turn out.
– Source unknown

There is no such thing as a problem without a gift for you in its hands.
Richard Bach

‘What’s worth doing and what’s worth having?’ asks Vasco Pyjama. ‘It’s worth doing nothing and having a rest,’ replies Mr Curly.
– Michael Leunig


Hi Ms. Marlene, Thank you for accepting my invitation 🙂 to be on your session at GESS was a great experience and I am looking forward to having another sharing session from you. I got the newsletter and so excited with it. Recently at school we are also discussing about sleep disorder in children and the relation with the children performance in class,so your article in the newsletter really helps. Can’t wait to receive the next newsletter. Are you still in Jakarta, Ms. Marlene? 🙂

Warm Regards, Martha

Martha Yohanna
Preschool Teacher at Kinderland Pakubuwono (via LinkedIn)


More Nonsense from the Christmas Crackers

Q – What do you get if you cross a snowman and a vampire?
A –  Frostbite.

Q –  Why did the tomato turn red?
A –  It saw the salad dressing.

Q –  Why did the man sleep under the car?
A –  So he could wake up oily in the morning.

Q –  What did the alien say to the garden?
A –  Take me to your weeder.

Q –  What music do ghosts dance to?
A –  Soul music.

Q –  What do you get if you cross a pig and a centipede?
A –  Bacon and legs.

Q –  What is the best thing about deadly snakes?
A –  They’ve got poisonality.

Q –  Why did the rocket lose his job?
A –  He was fired.

Q –  What do you call someone who is afraid of Santa?
A –  Claustrophobic.

Q –  Why did the doughnut seller retire?
A –  He was fed up with the hole business.

Q –  What do you get if you eat all the Christmas decorations?
A –  Tinselitus.

Q –  What do you get if you cross an owl with a skunk?
A –  A bird that smells but doesn’t give a hoot.

Q –  How did the man almost drown in his bowl of muesli?
A –  He was pulled in by a very strong currant.

Q –  What vegetable needs a plumber?
A –  A leek.

Q –  What vegetable do you get if you cross a sheepdog with a bunch of daffodils?
A –  A Collie-flower.

Q –  How do witches tell the future?
A –  With horror-scopes.

Q –  What do you call a man with a speedometer on his head?
A –  Miles.

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
T: +61 8 9355 4890 M: +61 (0) 410 64 2781 E: info@kidzfizbiz.com

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