All posts by Rachel Brodrick

Literacy learning at home

Michelle Buckley from NumberWorks’nWords shares tips for promoting reading and supporting learning at home. Have books, magazines, newspapers available and on hand to read. Find a genre or series of books to hook your kids in. Encourage 20-30 minutes of reading a night for enjoyment, …

A chat with the parents of Matilda

Showbiz Christchurch’s show Matilda is set to open on Friday 16 September, after a five-month delay because of Covid, and the passion and enthusiasm are as strong as ever. But it’s not just the children who’re buzzing: a year after auditions, parents will finally get …

Time to take the kids to Taranaki

A short 90-minute direct flight from Christchurch, you’ll find New Plymouth, Taranaki – the perfect holiday destination for the whole family.  Families can get active along the award-winning Coastal Walkway, a promenade extending 12.7km, with sculptures, cafés and playgrounds dotted along the way. Or, if …

Discovering Queenstown

There’s an adventure playground of epic proportions down south, and our family recently discovered it. By Kate Barber Queenstown is world-renowned for its adventure sports, yet our family hadn’t visited before.  While the girls are a bit young (and my threshold for thrills too low) …

Go outside and play

For their health and wellbeing,kids need to play and get physical outside – even when it’s wet and cold. By Kate Barber Exercising and exploring outdoors is crucial for children’s physical, emotional, social and intellectual development. Children test and extend their physical capabilities, burn off …