About Us – The Sunshine Collective

 

Our teacher designed activities for kids came about when our kids started primary school. Erin’s son was initially a reluctant reader and couldn’t be bribed to learn a word list (I know, we tried). Of course, Lisa, being the uber talented teacher that she is, designed educational games and fun activities to help teach him – seven word lists and three reading levels on, we knew we were on to something. The key was when he discovered that learning could be fun – not boring or daunting. So, we thought there were probably a whole lot of other kids (and let’s face it, parents) who were crying out for something like this . . . and that’s when The Sunshine Collective was born.

We know how frustrating it is for parents who just want to understand what their kids are learning at school and are trying to find some way of making it easier for them. Brilliant Boxes make this stuff fun for kids and easy for parents. Why hasn’t anyone else done this? Beats us – but easy and awesome is hard to top. It even got our kids off the iPad!

We have 10 boxes for each year of primary school, full of teacher designed activities. We provide all of the educational resources you need for the activities (even an answer envelope!) to make it easy for parents. We also have a box for preschoolers, full of activities to assist school-preparedness.

Each box contains a minimum of 14 hands-on, fun activities to directly support the Australian Primary School curriculum. We understand that different children learn in different ways and that’s why Brilliant Boxes cater for a whole range of learning styles.

Click here for an overview of the contents of each Brilliant Box: Brilliant Boxes – content overview. If you have a question, please email us at hello@sunshinecollective.com.au.

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Lisa Donald-Goudie

Lisa’s love of education dates back to childhood when all her games of ‘schools’ ensured she had the smartest Barbies and teddies around! When other kids were learning to play basketball or tennis, or joining Scouts or Girl Guides, Lisa was teaching her friends to tell the time on an analogue clock!

So it was no great surprise to anyone when she decided to make the game a reality and went off to earn a Bachelor’s Degree in Education at The University of Melbourne. Lisa’s teaching career has seen her work in both London and Melbourne and to Lisa, there is nothing more rewarding than helping a child finally solve that mathematical problem, or suddenly realise that reading is awesome! Because reading is awesome!!

Once asked, “If you came with a warning label, what would it be?” Lisa knew straight away that her warning label would read: ‘I am silently correcting your grammar.’ Yep, that’s right, she’s THAT person!

When Lisa became a mum, the classroom was swapped for the home and instead of teaching English and maths she was now teaching why we don’t draw on the walls and why we do need to eat more than a mouthful a day!

With her children growing she realised she wanted to reignite her career in education but also be around to help her own kids with reading, writing, adding and multiplying! After a few lengthy work/life balance chats with her best friend and neighbour, and a big ‘thumbs up’ from both husbands, The Sunshine Collective was born.

Nowadays, Lisa spends her days planning brilliant activities for the Brilliant Boxes, along with juggling kinder/school/gymnastics/swimming/ singing/ homework/cooking/cleaning…

She’s still teaching, only the classroom is now much bigger!

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Erin Gray

When Erin was a little girl, she wanted to be an astronomer and study stars all day long. Then she realised it was mainly doing maths all day long. She decided to be an Intelligence Officer in the armed services, until she found out you still had to do the combat training. Then she thought she’d ‘be in PR’, until someone told her she’d have to do a lot of public speaking. So she got an Arts degree. Then she didn’t know what to do (although loved her job in a library even if customers occasionally threw chairs at her). Then she thought she’d better get a sensible post grad qualification, so she spent her nights studying marketing. Then human resources. Then horticulture. During the day she worked in offices: she helped organise events for teachers for a publishing company; she had a fancy corporate job wearing nice suits and learnt to run very fast in high heels; then she worked in a lovely office with people who designed parks.

Then she got married and grew babies and a garden and decided her family didn’t work very well with the grown ups always rushing from work-to-childcare-to-kindergarten-to-school. She said this to her friend Lisa, who agreed, and they asked everyone they knew to tell them everything they knew about starting a business and then started their own business. It was scary and exciting, but mainly exciting. Erin now spends most days working on her computer in her front room, with breaks for swimming lessons, cups of tea, turning on Barbie: Life in the Dreamhouse and watching 4 year old interpretive dance performances (because why wouldn’t you??).

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