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Internet Safety for Children

Internet safety for children

Children these days spend a lot of time online, and are always a step ahead of us. I have just caught my 3 year old hacking my iPad password and navigating her way around You Tube (despite having deleted the app)! Online safety is something we take very seriously, and we do our utmost to protect the identity of the children in the photos we use. Please click here for Holiday Academy’s Photo Protocol.

While our children are using the internet to find information, socialise, explore and have fun, there are also the risks of being hacked, of cyber-bullying, grooming or viewing content that’s inappropriate. Read more

Mindful Parenting

Mindful parenting

One of the things we love most about our Holiday Academy yoga and mindfulness sessions for kids is the fact that children of any ability and fitness level can participate. Movements are slow and methodical which helps even the most hyperactive children to learn the art of focus and concentration. We are proud to offer our yoga workshop for kids which is led by the yoga Alliance accredited Children’s Yoga Teacher, Anita Looby. Anita is a master at Yoga and Mindfulness and has been working with school children and with a number of after school groups. More information here 

What is mindfulness?

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Mindfulness for Kids

Mindfulness for kids

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Mindfulness for kids

Mindfulness has proven to be beneficial for adults (especially parents!). It allows parents to engage better with their parenting and provides the tools to allow for a calmer home environment 🙂 Children will, of course, also feel the stress of everyday life and mindfulness exercise can benefit them in the same way. This is why we have children’s yoga in the Holiday Academy programme – relaxing is fun! There is emerging research that indicates that mindfulness activities can improve attention span, calmness and it helps better decision making. So what is mindfulness actually?… Read more

The Suzuki Method of Teaching

Suzuki method

The Suzuki method of teaching

The Suzuki method is a method of teaching music development and executed by Japanese violinist and pedagogue Shinichi Suzuki (1898-1998) dating from the mid-20th century.  The Suzuki method has helped many children to play music at a high standard and many Suzuki trained students have become highly acclaimed professional musicians, however, the emphasis of the method is the development of the child through music. The method has extended from teaching the violin, to include many instruments such as cello, viola, flute and piano.

What is the Suzuki method?

The Suzuki method is based on the principle that all children process ability and that this ability can be developed and enhanced in a nurturing environment.… Read more

Keeping Your Children Safe Online

Online Safety

At Holiday Academy our first priority is safety when uploading photos on our website and social media platforms.

*To find out more about Holiday Academy’s Photo Policy here

  Here are some tips on how to make your and your child’s online profiles safer

Google Safe Search

By enabling SafeSearch via your Google settings, you can filter out most of the mature content that you or your family may prefer to avoid. If an inappropriate result does sneak through, you can report it to Google. Read more about Google’s safety tools here

YouTube Safety Mode

If you’d prefer not to see mature or age-restricted content as you browse YouTube, scroll to the bottom of any YouTube page and enable Safety Mode.… Read more

Kodály Method of teaching Music

Zoltan Kodaly

 

 

“The most important thing is to actualise the instinctive love of the child for singing and playing, to realise the changing of his moods through the songs, his feelings, his experiences – in other words, to bring about the miracle of music” 

– Zoltán Kodály

Kodály believed that music is meant to develop one’s entire being-personality, intellect and emotions. He said, “music is a spiritual food for everybody. So I studied how to make more people accessible to good music.” (Kodály, 1966). Kodály realised this was part of everyone’s basic heritage and was necessary for human development and should be started at as early an age as possible.… Read more

The Benefits of Yoga for Kids

Kids Yoga

 

At Holiday academy we have yoga for children with the talented Anita Looby. We have all heard about the advantages form yoga, but what makes yoga classes different from other activities and how do children benefit from yoga?

Yoga is an ancient science which helps to create health and well-being by building awareness, strength and flexibility in the mind, body and spirit. What is unique to yoga, compared to other activities, is that yoga has no age limit and yoga postures (asanas) are practiced by people of all ages. Yoga for kids is a fun way for children to develop important skills in a fun, non-competitive environment.… Read more