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Recently, Bear Park’s atelierista Katja Keene-Fabig had the pleasure of being interviewed by MiNDFOOD magazine! They were curious to know more about her role as an art educator. For those who have always wanted to know more about this profession, we hope the following Q&A helps to de-mystify the profession a little. In your own...
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Good news! Another talented teacher embraced the Bear Park learning culture by spending time in Italy this year, visiting the birthplace of Reggio Emilia philosophy. Naomi McCutcheon is Centre Director for our Kohimarama centre. She soaked up the spring weather for 10 days in April, learning with other educators. Read on below for her insights and...
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nature mandala
Here we show you how to set up a fun art activity at home for your child using only what nature provides. The best part is that you’ll love participating too. Enjoy! What: A nature mandala is a circular art form that is made using different objects and natural materials. Why: The idea of this...
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The Remuera teaching team worked alongside the Tui children to extend and develop ideas around repurposing. We believe that for children to appreciate the value in an object or material, they need to discover its true potential. Our team introduced the idea that discarded or recycled materials have unlimited possibilities, and the results were remarkable. The...
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Reggio Emilia
Bear Park teacher Hiromi McCarthy-Dowd jetted off on a staff trip to Italy earlier this year to gain first-hand experience of the Reggio Emilia philosophies. Here she reflects on the culture of community that their teachers and parents have embraced, and how we can introduce these practices into our own circles here in New Zealand....
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Bear Park birthday
Bear Parks 30th birthday in early childhood education! Celebrations are in order: 2016 marks a grand thirty years of Bear Park early childhood education. Read on for a trip down memory lane. In June 1986, Sue Stevely-Cole opened the first pre-school. On the roll call was an intimate grouping of three children, who we now...
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technology's role in the lives of children
What is technology’s role in the lives of children? This question is often brought to our attention, and continues to be a highly debated topic. In the classroom, we welcome technology, aware that balance is necessary for a well-rounded learning experience. Our stance on the debate is simple: digital technologies are simply another tool to...
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After picking up the last few loads today of food donations we can finally take a breath and reflect on a hugely successful Fiji appeal for Pacific Kids Fundraiser 2016. With that we’d like to personally thank you and your child care for getting on board and supporting the foundation.  Through this appeal you were...
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Bear Park as a whole chose to support Cure Kids in 2015 and each Centre was involved in a fundraising initiative to help raise money to support this very worthy cause. There were evenings of silent auctions, children’s art exhibitions and favourite dress up days planned.   Cure Kids has a very simple purpose: “At Cure...
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It starts with the small details to build a culture of authentic respect, encouraging young children to celebrate difference, and see beyond their own perspective. To see the world not as a single story, race or colour, but as a place of variety, woven with perspectives and languages. At Bear Park, we pride ourselves on...
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