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June 4, 2015

Children openly and eagerly enjoy sharing insights and observations with adults. It is important to start building a good rapport from a young age. Here are three ways you can encourage children to share their personal stories, whether it’s at home or in your classroom.

 

 

1. Tell a story about your own childhood

Remember that children are accustomed to seeing you as a grown-up. They have no concept of you as a child; just the sa...

May 29, 2015

 

Last weekend I launched Catch that Cat! as part of the program at the Paniyiri Festival 2015.

It was a wonderful weekend and I got to meet some fans of the story – kids, parents, teachers, and people from the local community.

A lot of people had seen my article in Brisbane News, and it was great to chat to them about it and about why I wrote the book.

We took lots of photographs of people who came to say hello – see...

May 20, 2015

I am extremely pleased and excited to announce that Catch that Cat! will be officially launched at the upcoming Paniyiri 2015 Greek Festival!

 

 

Paniyiri is described as a, “kaleidoscopic cultural explosion that is now legendary with over 50,000 Greeks and honorary Greeks flocking to Musgrave Park, South Brisbane every year”. But more than that, Paniyiri is important in terms of nurturing children’s appreciation of cul...

May 13, 2015

Our world is full of culture, diversity and wonder, and as educators and parents, it’s our job to share the beauty of a multicultural world with our children. Raising global citizens can entail traveling to new countries, indulging in new cultural learning opportunities or even picking up picture books about other parts of our world. Here are a few more great ways to nurture our tiny global citizens.

 

Explore Language and Cultu...

April 20, 2015

 

Hello and welcome to my new blog!

 

A brief introduction to me – I’m Melina, a Greek-Australian, and the author of a new bilingual children’s picture book Catch that Cat!

 

For the past fifteen years I have been developing programs and curriculum resources for children, schools and teachers in a major art gallery in Brisbane.

 

It is important to me to nurture ties with my country of birth, Greece, and I regularly visit the island...

June 4, 2014

 

Children openly and eagerly enjoy sharing insights and observations with adults. It is important to start building a good rapport from a young age. Here are three ways you can encourage children to share their personal stories, whether it’s at home or in your classroom.

 

1. Tell a story about your own childhood

 

Remember that children are accustomed to seeing you as a grown-up. They have no concept of you as a child;...

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