Professional Learning Your Way
Kriegler-Education specialises in consultancy and customised professional learning design for Preschool and Junior Primary Leaders, Educators and Curriculum Coordinators. Your professional goals and aspirations are the foundation for consultancy and course design. Whether face to face, or online, Kriegler-Education will help you develop innovative practices that will benefit your staff, students and education community.
Lili-Ann is an education consultant and author with experience at all levels of education.
Lili-Ann – Educator & Author
Engaging young minds in the present, whilst paving the way for future learning.
Based on decades of experience, Lili-Ann Kriegler's book, Edu-Chameleon, outlines seven distinctive learning zones that operate in early education to enhance students' conceptual understanding.
From totally free play, along a continuum to direct teaching, the seven zones outline different curriculum intentions and methodologies. The book aims to honour the agency of both educator and student.
Learn the art and science of being an Edu-Chameleon.
I'm excited to announce the release of my new book
ROOTS and WINGS!
18 months ago, I did a Facebook live to release my book Edu-Chameleon. Even as I was writing that people were saying, ‘Lil, you have to do a book for parents.’
So today, here it is. I am releasing my new book ROOTS and WINGS – A parents’ guide for learning and communicating with children to forge a family with mettle.
I have poured 40 years of education and nearly 35 years of parenting into this book and my deepest wish is that it will be helpful for parents and primary educators no matter where they are or what their situation.
The book sees the family as a kind of blacksmith foundry. Blacksmiths create an amalgam of liquified metals and cool them into ingots. An ingot is a workpiece full of potential. It can become anything. Parents create an amalgam of all their values, wishes and hopes for their children. They have no idea what their children will become but I’m sure they all do their best to see them become successful in life.
'ROOTS and WINGS' was inspired by my parents, particularly my father, Bob Erasmus, who always said, education gives you ROOTS and WINGS. No one can strip you of your education and it will enable you to be who you want to be.
The book is about everyone in your family achieving their unique potential. Self-actualising to become the person they aspire to be. And beyond that to become someone who contributes their talents and skills to make the world a better place.
The book is written in two parts:
ROOTS is a look at what you can do to support children as they go through five stages.
Readers will learn the key areas of development for each age group – infants, toddlers, preschoolers, primary years’ children, and tweens and teens. They will discover great ways to support communication, arrange the environment and choose the activities that will enhance the potential of their children.
The second part of the book WINGS talks about parents’ and primary caregivers' power to create a positive family culture. Many families are living out a default culture, but there are ways to enhance, transform and harness culture for life success.
The second part also addresses some of the hard questions young people face today. I’m not a psychologist, but the responses to hard questions are well-researched and offered in the spirit of sharing potential solutions.
The first moment you look into your infant’s eyes is already filled with your values, beliefs and dreams for your child. From that moment forward you are forging the golden thread of the future!
I wanted to have this book available for families before Mother’s Day. It is available for purchase at the great pre-launch price of $20.00 and $5.00 postage including GST.
I have been so incredibly supported in my authoring journey and even if you don’t buy this book, I know you will recommend it to others in your network so they can benefit from the information between its covers.
As I say on the back of the book: 'Bringing up a family in the 21st century is nothing short of heroic! Life is unpredictable, complicated, and at times, hard. But that doesn’t mean we can’t have a red-hot go at creating the kind of family we want and supporting our children to be their best.'
No one can predict the future, no one can control all of life’s events, but the goal of this book is to give readers the tools to inspire their family’s success. Read it and do all you can to forge a family that is resilient, cohesive and high functioning.
A family with mettle.
Lili-Ann Kriegler forges her place in the literary and arts world, through creating a performative foundry of metaphoric, poetic and pedagogical tools in her latest book, ‘Roots and Wings’.
Novelist, Booker Prize winner, and Sydney Peace Prize awardee, Arundhati Roy, suggests we take our place in the world and are not given it.
Through the pages of this compelling book, Lili -Ann draws on her experiences in the broad education field, to firmly take her own place and inspire others to do so.
Dr Avis Ridgway
Adjunct Research Associate, Faculty of Education, Monash University
Lili-Ann Kriegler’s book Roots and Wings contains powerful messages and practical advice on how to rear a family with mettle. Lili-Ann uses common sense, humour, anecdotes, quotes, learned educators’ studies, psychology and philosophy to illustrate the themes that the family is the foundry which supports the child from birth to adulthood and that education and communication are the anvils upon which successful lives can be shaped. The family with mettle is closely bonded, high-functioning, strong and resilient and each child within the family is likely to be able to achieve their fullest potential of his or her talents and interests. Lili-Ann writes eloquently and builds her arguments in a readable, easy to follow manner. Many of her messages can be applied not just in raising children but in all aspects of life. Do not delay your gratification! This is a book to read now.
Jill Elias, Parent
Edu-Chameleon Garners International Literary Award
Dear Friends and Colleagues, it is with great excitement that I can share Edu-Chameleon was awarded a Silver Literary Award in the Education Category by a US organisation called Reader Views. This recognition is beyond a dream come true.
There are so many people behind this success. My husband. Pierre, son, Sean, and daughter, Candice who supported me all the way. Judy who walked and talked with me when I was writing, Eric who was living with us when I wrote in the wee small hours of the night.
All the colleagues I've worked with and learned from for the past decades, so much of our combined experience has been captured in these pages.
Ultimate 48 Hour Author, you have been amazing! The processes Natasa Denman and the team put in place made the writing and publishing go from an unlikely possibility to a reality.
Edu-Chameleon: Leverage 7 Dynamic Learning Zones to Enhance Young Children’s Concept-Based Understanding
Independently Published (2021)
Reviewed by Jill Rey for Reader Views (7/2021)
Author Lili-Ann Kriegler does not do things halfway, whether it be her love of golf or passion for education. Using the foundations of other scholarly work, she has created a model for play using seven learning zones. Targeting early educators and administrators alike she provides readers an in-depth immersion into structuring play for learning.
In keeping with the title’s theme, “Edu-Chameleon” is broken into four parts as readers traverse the Chameleon—The Eye, The Head, The Body and The Tail. This animal is aptly used to represent the structure of this book as educators similarly have to adapt their skills, perspectives, toy box, classroom and planning to that of the Chameleon as it changes its color.
The body of this book (pun intended), outlines the seven learning zones which set this book apart from that of other scholarly work. These zones range from Free Play to Clarity of Concept and Auto-Generative Creativity. They are independent of one another and are not expected to be completed in “stages.” Kriegler is detailed as she crafts each of these zones for the reader to embrace, structuring them by proximity of the educator to the student and the range of freedom in meeting the goals and activities that fall within the zone. Each chapter also begins with a comprehensive definition, what the teacher and students’ role may involve or look like as it pertains to this zone and even includes examples from the author’s own schools and classrooms.
This book may be densely populated with research and support of the learning zones proposed by the author, solidly landing it within a niche designed for educators and administrators alike. However, the examples of play and crafted themes she provides within the pages, such as water, which is carried from visual artistry to engineering and physics concepts, gives parents excellent ideas for structuring play for kids within their own homes, whether over the summer months or concurrently with school subjects.
Kriegler brings her concepts to the table fully formed and significantly well supported through her own examples and learning as well as through the use of peer-reviewed scholars, as she shares her work with the masses in this read, “Edu-Chameleon.”
"I thought your presentation of everything was excellent, Lili-Ann. The group was wholly engaged and on-task, even when we were tired and a bit brain-fried! You had a lovely mix of stories, anecdotes, physical movement, activities and theory. All with your very engaging, gentle style of presentation."
– Kerrie Gambly, Music & Special Education Teacher, Education Queensland
The Thinking Effect Podcast
Listen to or watch the podcast for teachers I host with partner Ortal Green.
The Thinking Effect
Ortal and Lili-Ann
The future belongs to great thinkers. In a world of machine learning, AI and automation, the most powerful asset we have is our mind. If we want to ensure our children succeed in our world, we need to teach them how to think. And to do so in many ways: creatively, critically, deeply and analytically. The Thinking Effect podcast is designed for busy teachers. Each episode provides educators with bite-size topic to enhance students’ thinking. The podcast covers the ‘what, why and how’ of each topic so the strategies can be implemented easily and immediately. Each session amplifies the impact of educators’ practice by supporting them on their journey to develop great thinkers.
Amazon Author Central
Thank you Ticker TV and Holly Mae Stearnes for this interview on 26 November! The message is that what parents say and how they say it has a profound impact on children's later development. How you talk to children becomes their inner voice. It was so much fun being in the studio with Holly today. I hope parents see how they can embrace the power to create a positive family culture! All primary caregivers, including foster parents, guardians can work on creating an optimistic view and harmonious relationships in their family unit. DR Kate Engler and Natasa Denman, thank you for supporting me to find a platform to deliver this vital message. #parentinglife #selfesteem #positivemindset #familylife
Thank you Gavin McCormack, philanthropist, Montessori School Principal and Author, for this interview on
Rotary and Community Radio 94.1 FM 3WBC on 21 January 2022.
Gavin McCormack is a 2020 finalist of School Principal of the year, a TEDX speaker, and Australian LinkedIn Top Voice of 2020. He is also an author. Gavin works as a principal and teacher. He is trained in both mainstream and Montessori education.
He uses his experience and training to inform teachers and parents about what it means to educate the whole child. His recently published book, ‘The Potential of Every Child’, captures his passion for educational reform in both the school and home environment.
Educational gift ideas for children - from babies to teens!
Don't know what to buy for your children for their special events including Christmas? Listen to the podcast with Jennie Lenman to get the perfect gift for the perfect age. Thank you Jennie for hosting me on your great program Power FM SA.
In this video I discuss Edu-Chameleon, my book for educators, curriculum coordinators and leaders working with children 3-9 years of age. The conceptual framework of the book often draws on the theory and methodology of Feuerstein's Instrumental Enrichment (FIE). FIE presents a range of thinking skills that are navigated with increasing novelty and complexity. The thinking skills or cognitive functions are the atomic level thinking skills for any mental task. The talk is introduced by Dr Alex Kozulin, a foremost scholar of the work of Lev Vygotsky and co-author of 'Rigorous Maths Teaching'.
The first half of my book examines concepts and thinking skills. The second half demonstrates how conceptualisation and cognition are used within seven dynamic learning zones in the classroom.
Although this sounds complex, the goal of my book was to make thinking, concept learning and language acquisition practical and accessible!