Education

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, …

Girls who like themselves

Researcher, writer and mum of two girls, Kasey Edwards explains that girls need to “have a power perspective” in order to thrive, and explains why praise can be problematic. By Kate Barber Kasey and husband, Dr Christopher Scanlan, have written their tenth book together – …

Homemade lava lamp for little hands!

This is one of Otago Museum’s favourite science crafts. We hope you enjoy making it at home too! What you need A large glass jar Water Food colouring, whichever colours, and as many as you like! Vegetable oil (like canola, sunflower or soy) A tablet …

Early learning in New Zealand

With a wide range of early learning services available, it’s important to know your options and choose the best fit for your child and family.  Your Options In New Zealand, the options are many – with teacher-led services, like kindergartens and preschools, along with parent-led …

Learning at home with the McLean family

Our editor Kate Barber talks with Mum Julia McLean about their decision to homeschool their two eldest children and how the experience has been for the family. The number of families taking their children out of mainstream schooling to learn at home is on the …

Magical metamorphosis

Caterpillars start as small wiggly creatures, go into a chrysalis, and then emerge as beautiful butterflies. But what happens in the chrysalis? Here is an experiment from the Otago Museum that illustrates this amazing science. What you need a plate or a tray playdough  vinegar …

Nanogirl: Meet STEM superhero, Dr Michelle Dickinson

Our editor Kate Barber chatted with Dr Michelle Dickinson, creator of Nanogirl, about the importance of STEM in our lives, why girls need role models in these fields, and why it’s great working with kids. Nanotechnologist and Engineer Dr Michelle Dickinson brings Science, Technology, Engineering …