Tag Archives: early childhood education

Spaces for children

“Young children bring their bodies with them wherever they go, and the physical development is a critical aspect of cognitive, social, and emotional development.” (p.56) “Young children learn with their whole bodies, in motion. If we limit their activity, we … Continue reading

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Provoking Wonder, Curiosity, and Intellectual Engagement

In Designs for Living and Learning (chapter 5, titled ‘Provoking Wonder, Curiosity, and Intellectual Engagement’), Deb Curtis writes: “Children are intrigued with natural phenomena and the physical properties around them – things such as light, color, reflection, sound, motion – … Continue reading

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More notes on play

Again, some more quotes from Vivian Gussin Paley on the importance of play: “The children themselves continually reminded us that play was still their most usable context.  It was not the monsters they invented that frightened them in kindergarten; it … Continue reading

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Ma te huruhuru – wish I were in the country then!

Ma te huruhuruKia Aroha Marae, Kia Aroha College, Otara, Auckland 1st Oct to 4th Oct Director(s): Elaine Derbyshire  Jannie Visser Costs and Accommodation Details: Earlybird Fee* Full Fee Accommodation Live-in: Marae $ 462.00 $ 562.00 Kia Aroha Marae, Kia Aroha College NOTE: Earlybird … Continue reading

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Shape and Structure – Dale Tunnicliffe

Still working with Dale Tunnicliffe’s Talking and Doing Science in the Early Years: A practical guide for ages 2-7. … According to her: “All things have a shape, sometimes as a result of the material from which they are made. Shapes … Continue reading

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Ethical relationships take time

“In a climate of ‘instantaneous time’, ‘frenzied families’ and ‘time-poor subjects’ where the fragility of bodies and social relations may be all too apparent, the conscious cultivation of slowness may be a salutary reminder of how our rhythms and routines have … Continue reading

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Why Do Children Spin?

I just had this emailed on to me: Why Do Children Spin? May 22, 2013 The cure for boredom is curiosity. There is no cure for curiosity. -Ellen Parr “So, what is going on when children spin, roll, swing, bounce, … Continue reading

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Children who succeed at science are very observant and curious

While I don’t really agree with the concept of ‘bright’, let alone ‘exceptionally bright’, I do like the approach Ann Gadzikowski takes to early years science (if I allow myself to overwrite ‘exceptionally bright children’ with ‘children who are succeeding’ or … Continue reading

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“humans learn by observing and listening in on others as they collaborate in shared tasks”

“Rogoff et al. describe how humans learn by observing and listening in on others as they collaborate in shared tasks, in flexible and complementary roles. Observation of others’ activities, as an important way in which children learn, is neither incidental nor passive. Further, … Continue reading

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Interest-based Curriculum and Funds of Knowledge

Hedges, Cullen and Jordan point out: “Curriculum is a highly contested construct. In the case of early-childhood education, there is little agreement internationally as to the nature and goals of early-years curricula. However, much literature advocates that curricula for children aged birth to … Continue reading

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