Helen Maffini is a Canadian/British educational consultant who is currently living in Australia. She is married with two children aged 8 and 15. Helen Maffini has lived and worked in eleven countries: Canada, UK, France, Hong Kong, Japan, Singapore, Indonesia, Bahrain, UAE, Italy and Australia. She was a third culture kid who lived in Japan as a teenager while her father worked as a scientist and her mother a language teacher.
Today's world presents children with a wide-range of challenges that can hinder their personal and academic development. It is essential, therefore that as educators we equip children with the knowledge and skills they need to be successful not just academically but also in life. Although there is a real pressure for schools to meet academic standards, it is possible for practitioners to stimulate emotional growth through everyday classroom activities. By carefully planning a curriculum that encourages children to explore their feelings through imaginative media and make-believe play, healthy emotional growth can occur.
Travel with kids:
Visit Helen’s website www.family-travel-scoop.com
for great ideas on travelling with kids!
Download activity packs at http://www.family-travel-scoop.com/fly-it-quiet-activity-packs.html
“I want all children to have the opportunity to learn emotional intelligence skills. These are skills that will help them well into their adult life. Is our goal not for happy, fulfilled people who make the world a better place? If yes, then we as educators and parents need to instill this in our children from an early age” –Helen Maffini
Third Culture Kids:
“Being a third culture kid myself has enabled me to help my own daughters on their path to becoming citizens of the world”–Helen Maffini
Early Childhood Education:
“Children are exceptional. They are highly intelligent and able to see things in ways that many adults have long since forgotten”–Helen Maffini