Alithia News

Music, Learning and STEM via Play

Its amazing to see the rapid integration of knowledge that happens when children are learning with joy. There are many studies on this phenomenon, including neuro-sceinctific research that outline why this occurs, however it is still eye opening to witness it in action.     Fridays at Alithia begin with a workshop run by a…

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Nature, Science and Culture Event

National Science Week is in August and to celebrate Alithia held an event that merged science, nature and culture. This was the first sneak peek of the Learning Space that will be open next year in Valla (on the Mid North Coast of NSW). “Scientists have recently determined that it takes approximately 400 repetitions to…

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Alithia Music / Singing Workshop

Alithia teamed up with local music teacher / music therapist/ choir leader / composer, Bonnie Neilsson to run a workshop for children aged 4-12 years.     This workshop taught rhythm and how to keep a beat through a series of games, as well as taught families how to find a child’s singing range, warm…

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Alithia Drama Workshop

On our latest gathering in June Alithia Learning ran a free drama workshop.     Rachel, a local drama teacher joined us for the day.     Her 13 year old assistant and two daughters where the perfect helpers to hold space for the different age groups.     Everyone seemed to enjoy themselves and…

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Alithia Clay and Yoga Workshop

The free Alithia Clay and Yoga event for May was creative and inspiring. Again, many like minded families met and spend a wonderful morning together.       Every Alithia event opens with a Welcome Gathering where we experience an example of the warms up that will be used in the Learning Space to start the day:…

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Conflict is an opportune moment for development

A group of three friends, all aged four, stood around a surfboard and the tension was building quickly. Suddenly it climaxed with one knocking the other over and tears. I walked over and gently helped the little one to her feet and asked what was happening. This was a perfect opportunity to empower the kids…

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Alithia Permaculture Farm Play Day

Alithia has been working to open doors within the community, creating connections and sharing knowledge. The Valla Permaculture Farm is newly emerging in the area and has invited Alithia along for the journey. Currently they sell produce (such as chicken eggs and mangos), offer eco-farm-stays to people from the city to inspire a more sustainable…

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Camping Adventure

The latest and very first camping weekend for all families in the picturesque Arakoon National Park was a huge success.   Families from the whole region gathered. We opened with a Welcome to Country and a most entertaining lesson of the local  Gumbaynggir language with Michael Jarret.     We had a four-year old teaching…

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How to maintain your child’s natural talent for lateral thinking

Today it’s raining outside and when I suggested cancelling our trip to the park, my four-year-old was full of alternative suggestions. “All the children could have umbrellas, then we won’t get wet!” When I remind her that the equipment will be wet and slippery, she comes up with another idea. “We could go to the…

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Alithia Forest Play Date

Alithia held the first gathering of 2018 at the Guunuwa organic farm in beautiful Valla rural. We began as always with our welcome gathering; connecting with the land and people, introducing each other in fun ways, and kickstarted our brains with some funky physical exercises. Our workshop this month was an exploration in the nearby…

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