The Apple Bed

The Apple Bed

Part of my practice as an educator is moving throughout the learning space and engaging in conversation with different children. During these interactions, I am looking for an opportunity to observe a child or a group of children, as they work on an exploration that invites further investigation.

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Taking Flight

Taking Flight

Paper planes are a classic activity for children. We have come along way in plane design from the classic dart to the modern craft of today. What has not changed is the connection the children create around an activity the love.

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Ice Castle

Ice Castle

Children use pre-made and created props as a backdrop to their imaginative play. These props add depth to the story they are creating and give children motivation to continue developing their characters and the adventure.

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Finger Knitting

Finger Knitting

Children when excited about the work they are doing are more verbal, and socializing is a big part of the work itself. This expression enhances the experience for the group and leads to further exploration and social connection.

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Salt Dough Animals

Salt Dough Animals

Slime is still trending, so I wanted to continue the exploration of slime and different gooey tactile materials with the children. This week I decided to try a classic recipe and make salt dough

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Tissue Paper Prints

Tissue Paper Prints

This is the gift children can give all of us, no one cared what another child’s technique looked like, they were just happy to be together laughing, talking, and experimenting with two kinds of paper and water.

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Two Materials and a Mirror

Two Materials and a Mirror

At the beginning of this provocation, I wondered how the children would approach the work. They started off slowly, but through experimentation and supporting each other, new discoveries were made about how materials can be used in ways different from what we think they are capable of.

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The Magna-Tile Exploration

The Magna-Tile Exploration

Whenever I think that the Magna-Tiles have been assembled in as many ways as humanly possible, I delight in seeing a new creation by the children, born by weaving and interchanging the Magna-Tiles in a form I would have never thought possible.

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Children Come First

Children Come First

Looking closer at the philosophies of different schools, there are guiding lights in the practice of these programs that stand out as lighthouses for all people who work in early childhood education.

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Electronics Day

Electronics Day

Technology can be wonderful. The potential of computers and online learning to expand our knowledge is amazing. In our field, schools exist that frequently utilize computers and other technology in meaningful work.

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Curating Mindful Inquiry - Part Three

Curating Mindful Inquiry - Part Three

When we enter into learning as co-learners, we construct our practices together. Our dialogue with all members of the learning community involves diverse perspectives that help to shape our ideas of children.

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The Box Robot

The Box Robot

Materials do not have to be fancy or expensive to provide wonderful creative opportunities. Recycled materials are free, easy to acquire, plentiful, and provide children the opportunity to imagine and create their ideas. 

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Curating Mindful Inquiry - Part Two

Curating Mindful Inquiry - Part Two

When we adopt the stance as co-learners, we acknowledge our responsibilities to scaffold and support the specific ideas and theories that children bring forward into our classroom, programs, and our lives.

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Drawing Transformers

Drawing Transformers

Observing children and documenting as they are creating and expressing ideas, is an opportunity for educators to discover insights into the thinking process, skill development, and the learning journey of a child.

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Curating Mindful Inquiry - Part One

Curating Mindful Inquiry - Part One

As humans, we are all invested in discovering our world. The practices of discovery allow us to test ideas of what might be happening, to draw conclusion, and to create a construct that explains and categorizes as a ‘truth’ from our discovery.

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Slime is Trending

Slime is Trending

Gooey materials are wonderful because like all great materials they are adaptable to all children. Children of all ages love gooey materials. The drive to play with this type of material starts young as we discover some water mixed with dirt makes the original gooey material, mud.

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The Greatest of Them All

The Greatest of Them All

One material in school age care has stood the test of time. There are many great materials but this material is the greatest in my opinion because of it’s versatility, cost, and availability.

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