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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

Farm animals (sheep) project ideas

My idea was to do a bit of an introduction to farm animals before focussing on chickens, eggs and Easter next week. The plan was to focus on sheep this week but C is really going for it with increasing her vocabulary (and two word sentences) and wanted to know the...

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lolly stick flowers

This was a combination of two activities. The first was the colouring (or scribbling). Nice for the motor skills, pencil grip, aesthetics  etc. The second was the posting game, fitting the lolly sticks into the slots in the box.   I used the flower shape from the...

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