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Essential Resources believes that a love of lifelong learning will help build an equable and kind world.

To achieve our aspirations, we need to support our superstars – the teachers and parents who influence and educate children and young people today and the future generations. Our superstars are busy, smart and inspirational, so we work with expert educators, editors, designers and web developers and create solutions that help them be the best teacher they can be.

These resources support learning at home by providing parents and caregivers with the lesson plans, tools and strategies they need to make a difference. Each title support students’ learning through every stage of their education, ensuring they excel and can apply their learning to numerous meaningful contexts.

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An exciting announcement from Essential Resources

An exciting announcement from Essential Resources

We are delighted to announce that Essential Resources are the new distributors of the Marie Clay list throughout Australia and New Zealand.For three decades, Marie Clay has been acknowledged as a world leader in research on literacy learning, child development and the...

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The magic of reading aloud with Jill Eggleton

The magic of reading aloud with Jill Eggleton

Jill Eggleton QSO, educationist and author of over 1000 children’s books understands how demanding it is to provide “just-right” balanced literacy instruction to a classroom of students with different reading levels and instructional needs. The benefits of reading...

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In discussion: When did you decide to become a teacher?

In discussion: When did you decide to become a teacher?

We asked in-house teacher and marketing guru Bridget Higham, to tell us about her time in the classroom. What she loved, what was has changed and ways to keep that work-life balance in check.For me, it was at the tender age of four. I had a blackboard in the backyard...

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Tales of teaching with Story Seekers

Tales of teaching with Story Seekers

Not too long ago Courtney had a chat with Tania Withers, head of ESOL at St Joseph's Catholic School, Upper Hutt. We knew Story Seekers was a hit with her students, as she kindly reached out to sing its praises. We were keen to gain an understanding of how our...

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Angie’s awesome ideas for learning at home (3)

Angie’s awesome ideas for learning at home (3)

Kia oraWelcome back to my blog series where you will find special tips and tricks to help make learning at home the best it can be.Here’s a great range of Science tools for online learning, check out these websites:Ministry of Education Science Curriculum ResourcesThe...

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Introducing iUgo Teachables

Introducing iUgo Teachables

iUgo Teachables is the brainchild of Nicola Smith, Managing Director and co-founder of Essential Resources.In 2000, Nicola and Geraldine Sloane launched Essential Resources, Teachables parent brand, when they saw a gap in education for teaching resources that were...

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Angie’s awesome ideas for learning at home (2)

Angie’s awesome ideas for learning at home (2)

Kia oraWelcome back to my blog series where you will find special tips and tricks to help make learning at home the best it can be.Here are some brilliant Reading ideas for online learning:StorytimeCurated by Radio NZ, the books are read by well-known New Zealanders....

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Angie’s awesome ideas for learning at home (1)

Angie’s awesome ideas for learning at home (1)

Kia oraOver the next few weeks I am delighted to share my special tips and tricks with parents and teachers, to help make learning at home the best it can possibly be.Here are some brilliant Technology ideas for online learning:For computational and design thinking...

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Why mathematical problem solving matters

Why mathematical problem solving matters

The term problem solving originated in the United States in the 1970s to shift mathematical skills from an emphasis on back-to-basics towards using them to solve non-routine practical problems. In the content-based curriculum of earlier decades, the teacher worked...

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Creating digital stories develops digital fluency

Creating digital stories develops digital fluency

Over the last decade, the need for a new dimension to the conventional learning areas and the pedagogy around teaching has become increasingly obvious. This dimension will have a forward focus on major issues such as sustainability, citizenship, enterprise and...

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Exploring Thinking Skills Through Film

Acclaimed English teacher and author Yvette Krohn describes The Matrix as the best film ever made. “I was first introduced to philosophy in an authentic context when I watched The Matrix in 1999. I had little to no knowledge of formal philosophy, but the ideas...

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Essential Resources breaks into the United States

Essential Resources breaks into the United States market place producing teaching resources for USA’s largest education publishing company.Essential Resources managing director, Nicola Smith said“It is wonderful to have our New Zealand expertise recognised by...

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Rhythm: A Tool for Writing Success

What brings writing alive for boys brings writing alive for all children, says author Frances Adlam, whose book Writing Success for Boys has just been published by Essential Resources.For children who struggle with writing, Roald Dahl’s words ring true: there’s...

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Thriving in a Changing World

Today’s children will inhabit a challenging, fast-changing world. Encouraging STEM thinking empowers them with the skills to live well, say co-authors of STEM Detectives, Niki Buchan and Bronwyn Cron.  “As the world moves and changes at an ever-increasing pace,...

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