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The Ten Commandments of Play-Based Learning - Emily Plank. My day-to-day work with young children paired with the here-and-there trainings and consultations I do with other early childhood professionals continue to teach me this: one of the most difficult lines to toe in the complex world of play-based learning is the one that separates “too involved” from “disengaged”.

The Ten Commandments of Play-Based Learning - Emily Plank

Scores of us champion the young child’s right to play, but the intricacies of such work are more difficult to articulate. What Does “Reggio-Inspired” Mean? Allie is three years old.

What Does “Reggio-Inspired” Mean?

She is highly verbal. She amazes her parents, Paul and Michelle, with her language, her insightful questions and her observations on a daily basis. National Education Leader. Rhonda Livingstone provides insight into National Quality Framework topics of interest and information on upcoming events.

National Education Leader

Emergent Curriculum... doesn’t mean no need to plan Emergent curriculum is a method of planning and curriculum decision making used readily across the sector. It describes curriculum that is responsive to children’s interests, and is meaningful, relevant and engaging for each child. Yet, the pedagogical intentions of the approach are often misunderstood or misrepresented. A current myth is that planning isn’t required and programs emerge solely from children’s interests. DIY Resources. I’ve had lots of questions about the DIY resources I use in my classroom.

DIY Resources

These have all been made by my hubby or me, so I thought I’d write a quick post about some of them. You may have seen some of them in previous blog posts, or on my social media pages as many have been shared somewhere before… Natural Geoboards. Educational Technology and Mobile Learning: These Are The 16 Attributes of The Modern Educator. December 30, 2014 As teachers and educators, we are constantly required to review, evaluate and renew our teaching strategies to align them with the cultural, technological and pedagogical ethos of the era we are living in.

Educational Technology and Mobile Learning: These Are The 16 Attributes of The Modern Educator

Bullying - A misnomer in preschool terminology. Bullying - A misnomer in preschool terminology Written by Cyrus The idea of of writing this musing is to present a case to state that the word 'bully' is not a relevant one to describe a child in an ECE environment.

Bullying - A misnomer in preschool terminology

Precious Childhood. Schemas in Children’s Play - N a t u r e P l a y. Tom Drummond. These Tiny Doors Are Hidden All Around This Town. But The Reason Why They Were Built? It's Brilliant. Dear Parent: About THAT kid… « Miss Night's Marbles. Dear Parent: I know.

Dear Parent: About THAT kid… « Miss Night's Marbles

You’re worried. Every day, your child comes home with a story about THAT kid. Wanna Be The Cool Kids on The Block? Try These Play Ideas… I got an email recently from Leslie, titled, “Please help make us the cool kids on the block!”

Wanna Be The Cool Kids on The Block? Try These Play Ideas…

She wrote: We recently moved to Billings, Montana, and my five year old boy and three year old girl are having a bit of a hard time fitting in. I think we might need cooler toys. Everyone around here has a trampoline, or an xbox and we are not there yet. I do want them to have fun outside, and fit in. Leslie, I don’t know if we’re the cool kids on our block, but I do know a bit about moving across country with two kids and trying (desperately) to make friends. ECA Learning Hub. Thinking Practice Quotes on Pinterest. 11 Things I Wish Every Parent Knew. Tales from the Sandpit. This kindergarten life: loosely told stories. Today I take a break from reflecting upon individual students for reporting to revisit the story I began in the last post: loose parts exploration in my classroom.

this kindergarten life: loosely told stories

While loose parts play is difficult to categorize because it allows players to imagine endless scenarios and enjoy a tactile experience, there are rather different directions that this play can take. In part one, I looked at the play that evolved when I brought buckets of water-softened beach stones, driftwood, and bricks, and also shared a beautiful provocation in the form of photos of stone balance structures created by Peter Reidel. Those stone and wood stacks still grow, tumble, and grow anew in the class. The same materials also spill onto the carpet and onto nearby tables, with jumbles of fancy fabric samples and empty frames, and bowls of stones, glass gems, seeds, acorn caps and other purchased and found treasures. This week I looked over my hundreds of photos and video clips and felt such delight. The big reveal! Precious Childhood. Documentation - a first peek... Anarchy & the EYLF Pirates. Aunt Annie's Childcare.

- The Imagination Tree. Let the children play. School Initiatives Archive. Welcome to Dinovember — Thoughts on creativity. Every year, my wife and I devote the month of November to convincing our children that, while they sleep, their plastic dinosaur figures come to life.

Welcome to Dinovember — Thoughts on creativity

It began modestly enough. The kids woke up to discover that the dinosaurs had gotten into a box of cereal and made a mess on the kitchen table. The next morning, the dinos had climbed onto the kitchen counter to raid the fruit bowl. The morning after that, they had managed to breach the refrigerator and help themselves to a carton of eggs. Darlington Kindergarten. Darlington Kindergarten is in the south-west suburbs of Adelaide, collocated with Darlington Primary School. Of about 50 eligible pre-school children, 10 are Indigenous.

There are approximately 40 Occasional Care children (pre- Kindergarten). The kindergarten also runs three play groups, one specifically for Indigenous children. PHILOSOPHYSuzanne Russell, Acting Director of Darlington Kindergarten, has been in her present role for six years. Dinovember. April's Angels EYLF help for Educators. Claire Warden's Blog. An independent consultant and researcher in children’s play. "FLIGHTS OF WHIMSY" Dorothy Waide Centre for Early Learning - Griffith - Formation. OUTDOOR PLAY IN AUSTRALIA: Why has it become such a challenge to early childhood educators? « "FLIGHTS OF WHIMSY" Getting children outside to play can pose a real challenge to early childhood educators within Australia. International readers may be wide-eyed and stumbling over their words questioning, ‘What?!

… Why?!’ At this early point in the discussion. Yes, it is true that we do have a magnificent climate all year ’round, but that in itself is the problem I believe. I’m a teacher, get me OUTSIDE here! Zella said purple. Irresistible Ideas for play based learning. Designing Early Childhood Australia. Teacher Tom.

Childhood and Education: Theorists in 140. I'm a teacher, get me OUTSIDE here! MindShift. How Inquiry Can Enable Students to Become Modern Day de Tocquevilles Observations of early America by Alexis de Tocqueville helped articulate the nation’s values.