Episode 126: Going Up the Slide with Heather Shumaker

In this episode of the Thriving Children Podcast, Clare speaks with early childhood author and advocate, Heather Shumaker. While Heather is the author of three books, in this episode a spotlight is shined on It’s OK to Go Up the Slide: Renegade Rules for Raising Confident and Creative Kids. LISTEN IN  Children’s Renegade Rights A right to plentiful, unstructured free …

Episode 124: Questioning Homework with Alfie Kohn

In this episode the Thriving Children Podcast, Clare revisits the topic of homework, with educator, author and advocate Alfie Kohn. Hear: What the research says about the impact of homework on academic learning, time management skills and school/home continuity 3 reasons that we cling to homework in spite of what the research says What the alternative to homework looks like …

The need to be mindful this Book Week

Book Week is just around the corner. Which means it’s almost time for our children to dress up as their favourite character, strutting in front of their schoolmates. Many parents and teachers adore the annual book week parade. But not me. Curious as to why, this year I’ve explored where my resistance comes from. There are four factors : Money …

Episode 88: Managing Anxiety with Linda Privitelli

In this episode of the Thriving Children Podcast, Clare chats with Linda Privitelli (from ‘Little Wuppy’) about anxiety in the classroom. Their conversation covers: The obvious and not so obvious indicators of anxiety in children Classroom triggers How to set children up for success over the school holidays, ahead of the changes that a new school year brings Tips for …

Episode 77: Schoolification with Maggie Dent 

In this episode of the Thriving Children Podcast, Clare chats with the Queen of Commonsense, Maggie Dent. She is an author, educator and resilience specialist, passionate about the preservation of childhood. This is a deep and wide conversation that centers around the early academic push in our classrooms, to the detriment of children’s physical, social, emotional and language development. You’ll …

Episode 64: Attendance is Overrated with Clare Crew

In this episode of the Thriving Children Podcast, Clare shares her latest article from the Huffington Post about why school attendance is overrated. It’s been getting a lot of attention online and also resulted in an interview on Channel 7’s breakfast TV show, Sunrise. Listen in to hear why and under what circumstances a day off from school may be of …

Episode 61: Beyond the ADHD Label with Paula Burgess

In this episode of the Thriving Children Podcast, Clare chats with Paula Burgess about Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). Through Paula’s experience with her own son, you’ll hear about the early signs of ADHD (and where they differ from ‘normal boy behaviour’), the pros and cons of medication, as well as the alternative methods of intervention that exist. Paula also …

Episode 60: Curriculum Relevance with Charles Fadel 

In this episode of the Thriving Children Podcast, Clare interviews global education thought leader Charles Fadel. They discuss: Why the education system is no longer meeting the needs of today’s children or tomorrow’s workforce What skills and qualities we need to foster in students, in order to better prepare them for the future Adopting a ‘growth mindset’ in our classrooms-is …

Episode 56: NAPLAN And Why It’s Irrelevant 

In this solo episode of the Thriving Children Podcast, Clare answers a question that she gets asked a lot, what is the best age to start school? The answer is of course unique to each child. It’s more about their developmental readiness than how many candles are on the birthday cake. Clare shares three considerations for when you’re pondering this …

Episode 50: Starting School 

5 tips for helping the transition to big school In this episode of the Thriving Children Podcast, Clare shares 5 tips to help your child settle in at school, when about to begin their first year. Links for this episode: The giant leap to school blog post How to leave a review in iTunes Music by BenSound.com LISTEN IN

The Teacher Lottery

It’s at this time of year that school staff are busily arranging children into classes for the following year, a challenging task that will never please everyone.

Attendance is Overrated

It’s my belief that sometimes a child may benefit more from a day off school than from being within the four walls of the classroom.

Episode 41: Brilliant Boys 

In this episode of the Thriving Children Podcast, Clare chats with Natalie Smith from Brilliant Boys. They talk about the differences of boys in relation to brain development and play, covering controversial topics such as rough play and gun play. If you’re an educator or you have a son, this episode will help you to understand the boys in your …

What’s Visual Processing?

Sight is what we can see. This is often one of the first areas of investigation if a child is falling behind academically.