Dec 052012
 
Seeds of knowledge

“For the child…it is not half so important to know as to feel. If facts are the seeds that later produce knowledge and wisdom, then the emotions and the impressions of the senses are the fertile soil in which the seeds must grow…. It is more important to pave the way for a child to want to know than to put him on a diet of facts that he is not ready to assimilate.” Rachel Carson “First and foremost, our job as heart-centered educators must be to understand the potential of each ‘seed’ we are nurturing.  The great Spanish cellist read more…

Oct 042012
 

  A beautiful and powerful song about identity and connection to country from Shellie Morris and the Yanyuwa Borroloola Song Women. Singing Yanyuwa Identity – Shellie Morris, the Yanyuwa Songwomen and the Gondwana National Indigenous Children’s Choir perform ‘li-Anthawirriyarra’ at the Sydney Opera House for the DEADLY AWARDS 2011. This chorus is a traditional/contemporary collaboration born from saltwater people their Yanyuwa identity and connection to the country. It involves the traditional singers, Shellie Morris and children from Borroloola . Waliwaliyangu li-Anthawirriyarra li-Yanyuwa Calling from island to island. For more information about the Song Peoples project.  

Sep 122012
 
Our blue 'plastic' oceans

A must watch segment on ABC TV’s Catalyst program on plastic waste and our environment. Plastic Oceans Oceans are silently choking on our plastic waste. Plastic and synthetic materials are the most common types of debris in our oceans and are having horrific impacts on marine wildlife and systems. As an island continent ‘girt by sea’ marine debris is of particular importance for Australia. Creatures get entangled in plastics and drown and ingested concentrated toxins from plastics pose a threat to the health of the food chain. Plastics also transport and introduce species into new environments. Anja Taylor catches up read more…

Sep 032012
 
Fluoride in drinking water lowers children’s IQ levels

  Harvard scientists have studied effects of fluoride in drinking water and found that high levels of fluoride lowers children’s IQ. They looked at 27 studies from across the world and found a direct link between IQ scores and the levels of fluoride in the public water supply.  The study’s aim was to investigate the effects of increased fluoride exposure and delayed neurobehavioral development. (1) Children in high-fluoride areas had significantly lower IQ scores than those who lived in low-fluoride areas. The children studied were up to 14 years of age, but the investigators speculate that any toxic effect on brain read more…

Aug 262012
 

  Can shopping save the world? The Story of Change urges viewers to put down their credit cards and start exercising their citizen muscles to build a more sustainable, just and fulfilling world.  From the makers of the Story of Stuff www.storyofstuff.org Being a citizen is about acting on our responsibility to stand up for the planet and our children. Eco parenting is currently developing an innovative, engaging and interactive 3D ‘look inside the human body’. This 3D pilot will demonstrate a child’s wellbeing and the links to diet, lifestyle and environment. If you would like to support this project and read more…

Jul 032012
 

  “The Challenge of Rudolf Steiner’ is an inspiring film by BBC documentary filmmaker, Jonathan Stedall.  Rudolf Steiner’s contribution to modern day life ranges from a wholistic ecological approach to education to agriculture, medicine, science and art. A comprehensive film for anyone wanting to explore the work of one of the 20th century’s visionary thinkers. Stedall presents Steiner’s life through the eyes of people who lives and work have been inspired by Steiner. The Challenge of Rudolf Steiner – Trailer from Jonathan Stedall on Vimeo. The complete film is downloadable for 5 pounds (UK – approx $7-8 US/AUS) by following read more…

Apr 152012
 

Dr Pat Kuhl provides an analysis on the baby’s brain and how they learn languages. Interesting to note in her presentation on TEDxRainier that the baby when exposed to learning language by television and audio show very little increase in response to the artificial stimuli. The baby’s brain is wired to respond and learn from people.

Feb 282012
 
Helping children reduce stress and anxiety with flowers

  The rose is said to represent purity and perfection and now it has been documented that it can reduce stress.  The Japanese Journal of Pharmacology reported that researchers found that the simple inhalation of patchouli and rose oil reduced sympathetic nervous activity by 40%, with rose oil reducing adrenaline concentrations by 30%. (1) When my son was in kindergarten, he would receive a lavender face wash before leaving for the day.  In the last five years we have introduced using flower essences along with other eco parenting initiatives, into parent education programs in Australia.  Children and parents receive massages read more…

Jan 202012
 
Playing the metabolic lottery

There is a need for the growing body of scientific evidence, linking obesity and other chronic diseases to toxins in our environment, to become acknowledged in public policy. This was highlighted in the letter, Metabolic Lottery, (1) in the Sydney Morning Herald – ‘obesity is due to metabolic damage wrought by a food supply high in toxins and low in nutrients’.  In the past year $36 billion has been spent cost on treating obesity-related ailments. 25% of children in Australia are overweight or obese. ‘In 1985, the proportion of overweight or obese Australian children (7-to-15-year-olds) was 11.1 per cent. If the read more…

Dec 142011
 

Physicians Speak Out on the Importance of Play for Children’s Health Dr. Ken Ginsburg, pediatrician at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and author of Building Resilience in Children and Teens: Giving Kids Roots and Wings, and Dr. Marilyn Benoit, Chief Clinical Officer at Devereux Behavioral Health and former president of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, address critical issues facing children and families today — rising levels of stress and anxiety, obesity-related health problems, dramatically reduced time for free play and play outdoors, hectic and overscheduled family life — and offer solutions to addressing these problems. This video read more…