Fight allergies with food

It’s coming into that season again, when spring’s fresh airborne pollen causes sniffly noses and watering eyes. But before you head to the pharmacy for a quick-fix, consider preventative action using nature’s super foods to fight allergies before they start. And when all else fails, …

The essential summer first aid kit

Ahhh, summer. Along with long sun-drenched days and outdoor adventures come cuts, bruises, bug bites and sunburns. A store-brought first aid kit is a great start, but they typically lack many items that Dr Mum and Dr Dad will need over the lazy, hazy days …

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Help – my child hates his teacher!

Your child is with his teacher six hours a day for 10-months of year, so it’s important not to underestimate the impact of a child-teacher conflict. In fact, a negative child-teacher relationship can stunt your child’s education and even impact on their future thirst for …

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A guide to kids’ educational apps

Are your kids really learning, or just playing games? Plenty of app designers pedal their wares as educational apps in order to access the golden family market. After all, parents are more willing to pay for apps that make their kids smarter than they are …

The must-knows of open-plan classrooms

Open-plan spaces, collaborative teaching models, child-driven learning: an entire education revolution wrapped up in jargon. But what does New Zealand’s push towards a new education model mean for your child? Family Times asks CORE Education Ltd senior consultant Mark Osborne to shed some light. Why …

Science at home – ocean zones in a jar

Did you know that two thirds of the earth is ocean and that all life originated there? The ocean is an incredible place, filled with huge ecosystems and a plethora of different species – many of which haven’t even been discovered yet! The evolution of …

Special needs education in the spotlight

Imagine being told that your child won’t receive the education they need. You know they’re going to struggle in a classroom in which they can’t understand, communicate or relate to others on the same level and that their educational experience will be severely impacted. It’s …