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Episode 4 of the Learning Early Series

When your child starts school, you can expect him or her to do a lot more playing than YOU ever did!

Many parents mistakenly believe that the ‘school years’ signals an end to the frivolity of the toddler years and heralds a new era of earnest education in the “three Rs” of reading, writing and arithmetic.   The reality is that children learn through play and contemporary teaching practices are using play to develop young minds.

Episode 4 of the Learning Early Series offers insights into how children learn, how children have become active participants in their own learning and how they are being encouraged to explore, investigate and think ‘out of the box’ by asking deeper, ‘fatter’ questions in class to become critical thinkers.

The video can be viewed here:

The Learning Early Series is brought to you by St John’s Grammar school in partnership with Jodie Benveniste.

About Jodie Benveniste
Jodie Benveniste is a psychologist, parenting author, parenting expert, TEDx speaker and director of Parent Wellbeing.
Jodie is the author of four books including the highly acclaimed Full Belly: Comfort and inspiration for pregnancy and birth, Little Bundle: Comfort and inspiration for new parents, and The Parent Manifesto: How to create a parenting approach that’s perfect for your family.
She has been featured on Today Tonight, The Morning Shows on Channel 7 and Channel 10, in The Australian, The Daily Telegraph, The Herald Sun, The Courier Mail, The Advertiser, The Sunday Mail, ABC and commercial radio, and in all the top parenting magazines.
About St John’s Grammar School
St John’s Grammar School is a leading independent school in South Australia.  It is situated in the Adelaide Hills in the beautiful suburb of Belair.    The school is a partnership of parents, students, staff and the Anglican Church.
  • Such a great series! Son much great information for all parents. I really enjoyed watching it

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  • thanks a lot for posting this. i think that we should always encourage our children to think for themselves

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  • Thanks for the information, very helpful.

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  • this is a great video. very helpful and informative

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  • Great series, Thankyou

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  • thanks for the info very helpful

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  • great story, thanks for the info

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  • Learning is so different from my school days.

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  • Parents today have access to so many helpful resources about how children learn. Great stuff! Just as an aside, many of our most inventive people in days gone by had acute skills of observation and deduction which would have begun with a fascination with nature and how things work in this world of ours. Being fortunate enough to have opportunities to have their sense of wonder and inquisitiveness nurtured would do wonders with children today. Actually we adults would do well to develop our own critical thinking skills too.


    • haha have to agree with you there, time for adults to do some critical thinking :)

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  • kids need to think outside the square to be on the edge of employment opportunities down the track

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  • this is a great series and covers so much


    • it really is – learnt a lot from it

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  • great article , thanks for sharing

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  • thank you for tips, should teach my daughter

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  • thanks for sharing was a good read

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  • absolutely love this series, hope it continues

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