Do you want calmer rooms, happier staff and more included parents?
Do you love working in Early Childhood or Primary Education but are frustrated by so many of “those days” – when the wonderful feelings we get from seeing children learn and grow are overshadowed by the challenges of getting them to behave positively, be respectful and to share with others?
Not only do we have the normal everyday pressures of rosters, runny noses and myriad other routine wreckers, there are more children with challenging home-lives who act-out in the classroom. Not to mention the ‘helicopter’, ‘lawn mower’ and overstressed parents to deal with as well!
Hi I’m Kim, creator of iKiMagic. I’m a teacher, a parent and a grandparent and I’ve experienced how life changing it is when everybody is ‘on the same page’ about expectations and how to manage behaviours positively, consistently and fairly.
I’ve worked in High Schools, Primary and Preschools, as well as in community centres and fitness clubs for the past 4 decades. I love teaching, love those moments when children of all ages ‘get it’. When the light bulb goes on and they KNOW they can do it. Know that they can learn that new skill, be a great friend, climb that hill…
I’ve taught in situations where it was a struggle to get students to engage in learning – students who didn’t have the ‘calm’ or confidence to learn, or to allow others to learn. I’ve also taught in fantastic environments, full of students bursting with excitement to learn and grow.
I understand the challenges Educators and families face, and am passionate about making classrooms safer, happier learning environments for all participants.
The key is clarity and consistency, where teachers, families and children are on the ‘same page’; – about how we should behave, the consequences that follow our choices and about why and how the “rules” work.
We’ve all heard about ‘Common Sense’ not being so common, because at the end of the day it involves intelligence, discipline and hard work. iKiMagic starts with common sense, mixes it with evidence based theory and knowledge, distils it into 3 “Rulz”, adds music and Abracadabra – a Tantrum Taming, Classroom Calming, Staff Empowering and Family Friendly tool that works like magic.
iKiMagic brings you a formula that you’ll understand in 5 minutes and can implement immediately. You will literally see changes in your classrooms – and your stress levels – overnight.
iKiMagic uses Best Practise language and strategies that reinforce your values, links with the Early Years Leaning Framework and National Quality Standards. And you’ll be stunned how your staff, children and families will love it.
And you can share your service expectations and values with your families with iKiMagic at Home.
To be honest, it’s not quite “pop a pill and everything will be wonderful” easy, but it’s as close as we can possibly get in the real world (And remember, ‘popping a pill’ solutions can have nasty side effects)
WARNING: There ARE side effects. They include:- happier staff, calmer rooms, more confident children and families.
iKiMagic is based on best practice from sources including Positive Behaviour for Learning (PBL) What Works Best, The Early Years Learning Frameworks (EYLF) and National Quality Standard. The consensus is that key to improving children’s behaviour, learning and health outcomes include consistent, clearly stated rules and routines, regular reminders of what’s expected, positive feedback and teaching them to ‘own their life’ – to take responsibility for their choices and learn from the consequences of their actions.
The evidence also shows that consistent training and positive communication between educators is essential. Many EC Services ad Schools experience high staff turnover with the result there are inconsistencies with what to say when we have to explain WHY children should behave in a certain way, do certain things or just be nice to each other.
“Because I need you to” or “Because that’s the way it is” don’t cut it. With iKiMagic you quickly learn how to answer those questions consistently, in a way that makes perfect sense, is fair, positive and empowering. For everyone.
It’s been tested for the last decade in Early Childhood Centres. It’s fun and you, your staff, children and families will love it. And it WORKS.
And it's fun!
OK – you’ve listened to me being excited about iKiMagic but I am biased; so let’s hear from people who’ve done the Workshops and have been using iKiMagic long term.
Park ECEC in Dubbo has been using iKiMagic for the past 7 years. Owner Justine Richards talks to Kim about the difference it makes every day.
“Implementing iKiFit into our centre programme has exceeded our expectations. The whole of staff professional development has allowed all educators to be confident implementing the programme across all ages. The messages, the actions and music appeal to everyone and its fun! Adding the iKi Sticks creates a whole new dimension of engagement for our older children. One of the best Whole of Educator Teams PD we have done”.
Nominated Supervisor, Cooloon Children’s Centre Inc. Tweed Heads
Not what I thought it would be – it’s so much more. Fantastic, love all the statistics and reasons why we do what we do.
“We have seen such a difference in the children’s autonomy since implementing the program. They are confident in expressing themselves and are implementing the rules themselves within their play to ensure a safe, respectful environment for all. The program has assisted our Educators in teaching children about empathy towards others and we have found the whole environment has become a lot more positive, accepting and respectful of human differences. The children also love the iKiFit component where they get to dance and sing along using their iKi Sticks. It has been such a powerful and positive experience for all and the children are proud of their Power Positive Names and keen to show off their moves!”
Director/Owner, Regand Park Early Childhood Education Centre, Dubbo
Hear what Teachers and Educators have to say about the NESA Accredited, iKiMagic Safe Respectful Learner, Teacher Professional Learning Workshops.
“Brilliant philosophy. Love that it focusses on clear, concise goals and language”.
The principles of iKiFit embed in what we already do. It’s so good to reinforce what we are already doing in a new
and exciting way. So empowering for all levels.
Director, Forbes Preschool
There is an iKiMagic Teacher Professional Learning (TPL) Workshop to suit you:
You can choose from One Day OR Half Day Whole Staff Inservice, Online or Regional Workshops.
iKiMagic Safe Respectful Learners (SRL) Workshop Outcomes
These Courses provide teachers and educators with knowledge and systems to manage behaviours and to optimize student learning. Effective classroom management requires use of Evidence Based tools, including positive guidance strategies for promoting appropriate individual behaviour and maintaining good group-learning environments.
For Services: These Workshops meet Long Day Care Professional Learning Program (LDCPLP) funding requirements.
For Teachers: The iKiMagic Safe Respectful Learners Courses address Elements 1.2.1 – 1.2.4 – 2.1.2 – 2.6.2 – 3.5.2 – 4.2.3 – 4.3.2 and 5.2.5 from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers.
In the Workshops you learn
- How clear, consistent language about expectations and consequences lead to calmer, happier children and staff.
- How to implement iKi RULZ and iKiMagic Energisers in day to day activities.
- Easily communicate you values and goals with parents and carers
Studies show that children need positive, fair and consistent guidelines to flourish. Via a catchy song, students learn the iKi Rulz and quickly ‘own’ them. These Rules provide the language and actions to teach expectations and consequences in a way that is easy to implement in the classroom, the playground and at home.
Additionally, research proves that incorporating physical activity into learning environments leads to changes in brain activity, better performance in cognitive tests, concentration and social interaction. iKi SRL Workshops show how to use iKiMagic Energiser activities, engaging students in fitness and positive life skills.