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Language Development

Have you visted my kids site yet?   Happy Kids Festival

Happy Kids Festival is the world’s first online festival of family fun. Our mission is to bring together families in a joyous celebration of childhood.

We are dedicated to bringing you presentations that will entertain you, delight your children and nurture harmony, creativity and respect within your family and for families throughout our multicultural world.

Having taught thousands of children, over the last thirty years, I’ve come to understand that as well as enjoying the most polished of performances, children often find lots to giggle about in everyday experiences. So our advisory council has chosen the very best storytellers, artists, musicians, authors, dancers and presenters from around the globe, as well as the best of fun from around the Internet from the heart-warming right through to the absolutely silly.

With our unique blend of carefully selected content, you can be assured that Happy Kids Festival is a safe place for your family. Our Advisory Council has personally selected each presentation, and has carefully screened them.


If you are looking to improve your English in a fun and interesting way then you need to take a look at The Australia Network.

They have a range of programs including

  • Passport to English where you experience what it’s like to sit a formal English Language interview for assessment purposes. You will experience a simulation of the IELTS speaking test. For more information on IELTS click here.
  • Nexus is a collection of stories about Australian life and culture. Be sure to check out the  archives which give  transcripts of each video and  learning notes including vocabulary building and grammar.
  • English Bites is an informative and entertaining way to improve your knowledge of the English language. It also includes a multiple choice quiz, story spotlight as well as transcripts and story notes.
  • The Business of English is a 15 part series for intermediate to advanced English language learners which looks at the language used in every day business situations such as meetings, presentations and negotiations.
  • Study English – IELTS preparation, for intermediate to advanced learners draws on authentic material that you can watch, read, listen to plus study notes, tips and activities for practice and consolidation.
  • Living English is for the English language beginner. The 42 part series looks at the English language used in everyday situations such as checking into a hotel or describing people.

Find them on   You Tube here.

The Australia Network broadcasts Learning English programs around the world for free.


Watch this… You’ll be glad you did

When teaching your child about patience, it’s good to have thought through what it means to you. When I try to define patience I like to quote Popov,

Patience is quiet hope and expectation based on trust that, in the end, everything will be OK. It means waiting. It’s enduring a delay or troublesome situation without complaining.

What does patience mean to you?


Action Songs

by Annie

Here’s three action songs for kids. Today they will be used as transition activities with my Year 1 class.

Hokey Pokey

Happy and You Know It

Incy Wincey Spider



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Below you can access more information and resources about 21 September,

International Day of Peace

International Day of Peace

Peace Building

Peace One Day Educational Resources

Image: Mike Kline