Category Archives: early years education

The surprisingly logical mind of babies

Another fantastic TED talk…

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When children have agency in their play

“When children have agency in their play, they learn to have agency in their lives.” ~ Cas Holman Just reading a particularly interesting article, ‘The Case For Letting Kids Design Their Own Play’ – by Cas Holman  http://www.fastcodesign.com/3048508/the-case-for-letting-kids-design-their-own-play She writes: … Continue reading

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Emotional geographies

Introducing a special issue on emotional geographies, Joyce Davidson & Christine Milligan explain: “Recent years have witnessed a welling-up of emotion within geography, a surge of interest reminiscent of the fascination and exploration of embodiment that characterized much social and cultural geography over … Continue reading

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Children’s participation in research

Introducing her research into the nature of children’s playground games and rhymes in the new media age, Jackie Marsh describes her views on children’s participation in research. It makes for interesting discussion: “Building on the work of the new sociology … Continue reading

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Timing teaching

“Early childhood education, like all education, is a deliberate intervention in the lives of young children. It results from a belief that children growing up naturally might not come to know all the things we want them to know.” ~ … Continue reading

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Tools of the Mind

http://www.toolsofthemind.org/

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Expressive symbolism in spontaneous play before two years of age

“Expressive symbolic play may fill a heuristic role in the small child’s attempt to assimilate events and feelings for which he does not yet have concepts or words.” ~ William M Schafer p.17 Some years ago now, William M Schafer … Continue reading

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I like nonsense

“I like nonsense, it wakes up the brain cells.” – Dr Seuss Quoted p.186 Anat Baniel (2012) kids beyond limits: breakthrough results for children with autism, Asperger’s, brain damage, ADHD, and undiagnosed developmental delays. Perigee: New York

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Movement

“Movement is life; without movement life is unthinkable.” – Moshe Feldenkrais “Nothing happens until something moves.” – Albert Einstein Quoted p.48 Anat Baniel (2012) kids beyond limits: breakthrough results for children with autism, Asperger’s, brain damage, ADHD, and undiagnosed developmental … Continue reading

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On the primacy of hearing

In an essay titled, ‘On the Primacy of Hearing,’ (first published, 1976) Moshe Feldenkrais writes: “In the darkness of human fetal existence, there is little likelihood that seeing takes place. But even though there is no seeing, there is hearing. … Continue reading

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