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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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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Socially Interactive

Socially Interactive

When choosing their own work, often children are engaged with other children and much of the process of exploring their wonderings is done in collaboration. The process of discovery and creation then becomes a place for social interaction

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The Lego Community

The Lego Community

When the children are choosing work and have time to be mindful in their creative process, a collaborative effort blossoms. The collaboration begins with a discussion then turns to action as the ideas expressed are attempted and refined.

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Online Learning at Possibilities ECE

Online Learning at Possibilities ECE

At Possibilities ECE, we want to share small acts of service within the Early Childhood Education Community. The classes we offer come from a desire to use our experience and knowledge to share with others, so children, families, educators, and the learning community will grow and thrive.

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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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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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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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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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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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Drawing Animated Characters

Drawing Animated Characters

Drawing and other activities that children choose contain elements of both work and pleasure. Children’s work has a higher purpose and deeper meaning, as the work children choose is a path to exploring subjects of deep interest.

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