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About Magic Years

Magic Years Education

Nurturing creativity in early childhood and beyond

‘Magic years’ refers to the age range 0-7 (or 3-7) when children are filled with awe and wonder. They are seen to be at their most creative, although hampered by their lack of experience and knowledge, they are unrestricted by the confines of reality, allowing them to go wherever their imagination takes them.

“The world of reality has its limits; the world of imaginations is boundless”

Jean Jacques Rousseau

Creative thinking has been designated one of the ‘21st century skills’ which all children should learn. Acknowledging the fact that educators need to teach children how to think, not what to think.

Imagination is more important than knowledge.
For knowledge is limited to all we now know and understand,
while imagination embraces the entire world,
and all there ever will be to know and understand.

– Albert Einstein

About me

Corrina Nijhuis-Gifford

Learning is fun.

My name is Corrina. I have been a primary school teacher since 2005.
I am very passionate about teaching and am constantly seeking ways to improve my skills.

I have been very fortunate in that I have been able to work in both Dutch and International schools. This has given me the opportunity to take the best aspects of both curricula and incorporate them into my teaching.

I am very enthusiastic about learning and encourage my pupils to be likewise, learning is fun! There is always more to learn and  you should never stop asking questions!

My blogs

Winter Snowmen

Winter is here although you wouldn't realise it. Some days are bitterly cold and others are practically autumnal. C has been asking when it would be winter, since her birthday (in the summer), she is desperate for snow....  Maths- colours Never quite sure why...

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Happy New Year 2022!

When you are in yet another lockdown during the holiday season, it's always fun to find new ways to celebrate. We had a lot of fun doing these activities in between doing normal, relaxing holiday stuff. I have sorted the activities by learning but fun was certainly...

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Sinterklaas- Steamship

Sinterklaas is coming! We got out the handpuppets and made them a ship! We used a big box with smaller boxes inside for the puppets to 'stand' on, so they can see over the side.   The funnel is made of two kitchen rolls stuck together.  String is attached from...

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