Group Sculpture

Group Sculpture

We were invited to participate in a group sculpture challenge. What happened when we proposed this idea to the children? What were the challenges of engaging in this type of work? What did we learn by observing the collaboration between children and educators?

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Maker Spaces

Maker Spaces

The ethos of the maker movement aligns well with constructivist practices. Children in maker spaces are invited to create something from the available materials and to experiment, construct, and iterate, as the work becomes the vehicle for learning.

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Being Thankful

Being Thankful

In this time of celebration and gathering of friends and family, it is also time to be thankful and reflect on our other family, our learning community. This is a short story about our role as an educator and how we have so much to be thankful for. 

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Setting Priorities

Setting Priorities

At a recent professional development conference there was much discussion about the challenge of setting priorities when working in an early childhood environment. Looking into this subject further I found some universal suggestions that may help us understand the subject a little more.

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Freeze Dance

Freeze Dance

Lately, the children have been playing a game that has been around since I was a child and has stood the test of time. A simple game that brings the children together each afternoon to enjoy each other’s company and play for the joy that it brings to life. 

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The Sunflower

The Sunflower

This learning story is about a sunflower, three children, and how an educator engaged in the learning journey. The experience is filled with insight for our practice and challenges us to look how our practice evolves over time.

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The Benefits of Free Play

The Benefits of Free Play

What are the benefits of free play? How often do children participate in free play versus organized activities? I discovered an interesting article and study and wanted to share a few thoughts in hope of creating more understanding.

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The Magic Potion

The Magic Potion

This is a story about one child beginning an investigation of potion making. What were the observations of the educator and the implications of this journey for the other children in the program?

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A Learning Story - Transparent Feelings

A Learning Story - Transparent Feelings

A learning story about my observation of children working on discovering images of self through materials. How this observation informs our practice and how offering a variety of materials inspires children to engage deeply with provocations.

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Reflective Practice

Reflective Practice

This is a story about reflective practice and how engaging in this activity can help educators open possibilities into their work with children. Reflective practice supports the educator in processing the numerous experiences that occur during a typical day, providing insight to our wonderings.

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The Gathering

The Gathering

The gathering is a conversation amongst the learning community that is filled with possibilities for the work in the classroom. What makes a good gathering? What are the elements that make the gathering an experience that builds the learning community?

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The Purpose of Education

The Purpose of Education

I wonder if we have reached a point where the factory model of education needs some updating? Is it possible for education to transform into something that encourages children to learn how to learn, so they can explore different interests over a lifetime?

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