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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

Sinterklaas- Making a Piet

C is only two, so still new to the concept of Sinterklaas. We set up her cupboard with Sinterklaas things including flashcards with vocabulary. The first craft activity was to make a Piet. This one has a pink face because that is the colour C chose. The Piet is made...

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Chicken craft

You will need: Paper circles paper scraps for the beak (pre-cut for young toddlers) feathers (or paper scraps) wobbly eyes (or paper scraps) glue        Benodigdheden: vouw cirkels papierresten voor de snavel (alvast geknipt voor jonge peuters)...

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Farm animals (chickens/Easter) project ideas

Chicken project craft ideas:Kippetje Kippetje/ vogel van speelkleiChicken project Montessori trays for toddlers: What's on the shelves?This week's discovery basket is chicken-themed. I put a toy chicken and chick in, a plastic egg and a wooden fried egg from C's...

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