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Skimming and immersion in reading…

Also thought-provoking: “What’s important is that they [bookshops] survive, along with libraries, as brick-and-mortar entities. It’s crucial that they’re part of the visible fabric of our lives, as much for this generation as future ones. We learn by what we … Continue reading

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The whare tupuna

In their discussion of the Manawa: Pacific Heartbeat exhibition 2003, Nigel Reading and Gary Wyatt write: “The Maori believe that the whare tupuna (ancestral meeting house) takes on the form of the body of an ancestor. Roi Toia uses the ceremonial … Continue reading

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Environments reflect values and shape identity

Deb Curtis points out: “People in the United States spend most of their time in human-made environments of one kind or another. Some of these are carefully designed, while others appear to have been haphazardly put together. Spaces are typically … Continue reading

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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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Literacy, Places and Identity – Kerkham and Comber

I recently found another article that had been languishing unread in my locker – languishing in spite of the fact that it deals with all sorts of concepts that fascinate me (place, identity, literacy, and literary constructions of meaning). Drawing … Continue reading

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Children’s Special Places

I found this book on the shelves while looking at cooking stuff… serendipity of a sort? Anyway, I had read it and thought it lovely before… now again: Children’s Special Places: Exploring the role of forts, dens and bush houses … Continue reading

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It’s not that children grow up faster these days…

“Cultural commentators often say that children today grow up faster than they used to. As a statement about their everyday autonomy, this could hardly be further from the truth. The boundaries between adult culture and children’s culture may be becoming … Continue reading

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