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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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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Community Helpers

Community Helpers

An important aspect of building the learning community is inviting outside community helpers to share their story with the children. These visits invite children to think about how they can contribute to the community, help others, and make a contribution to the greater good.

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School and Afterschool

School and Afterschool

In my practice with school age children, I have experienced a wide variety of relationships with different schools. While practicing in these different environments I had one goal, how can the school and our program create an environment that affords the best experience for the children and families and builds the learning community.

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Playing for Balance

Playing for Balance

Outside physical activity balances the school day. It provides children an opportunity to recharge, refocus, and rejuvenate their body and mind in preparation for the next learning adventure. It creates a connection to the outside world that helps all of us stay in balance.

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Summer Camp in the City

Summer Camp in the City

Summer camps in the U.S. started gaining popularity in the early twentieth century.  The camp movement has evolved over the last century. Some traditional camps still exist, but the movement has been slowly changing to include activities like computer camp, academic camp, and many sports related camps.

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Rules versus Agreements

Rules versus Agreements

Guiding children as they work on social skills is one of our main roles in school age care. Social skills are constantly being refined, as the children get older, bigger, louder, and wiser.

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Musically Speaking

Musically Speaking

Children love music and it is an important part of their everyday experience in our program. Our children enjoy singing songs, dancing, and playing musical games but I the songs and games we play today are not that much different than the music in the past. So I am on a search for new fresh ideas of how we can incorporate more music into early childhood programs.

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All Weather Play

All Weather Play

As winter moves toward spring here in the Northern Hemisphere many people look forward to warming temperatures, more sunshine, longer days, and more opportunities to be outside.The opportunities for outside activities in the winter are numerous, but many folks hibernate this time of year and long for the change in seasons. The same is true for many child development programs.

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The Old Dog Learns a New Trick

The Old Dog Learns a New Trick

My practice with children has consisted of working in primary (3-6 years) and elementary (6-12 years). I have practiced in variety of programs and philosophies and have seen the benefits of each one and how they encourage children to seek understanding of their wonderings and be the initiator of their learning.

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Worksheets and Screens

Worksheets and Screens

When I attended elementary the lessons were assigned and completed in class and involved paper, pencil and writing. As children, we produced our own worksheets by copying the questions from the textbook and completing our written questions with a written response.

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Deeply Personal and Inherently Social

Deeply Personal and Inherently Social

Applied knowledge is the act of learning through hands-on experiences. It is a concept that takes education out from behind the desk creating classroom communities of practice. In communities of practice, individual and shared meaning moves beyond the school into community and society.

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Making Maker Spaces Work for Community Learning

Making Maker Spaces Work for Community Learning

Today echoes of shop class show up in maker spaces that are a popular inclusion into schools and early childhood programs. The spaces are provided so children can create and explore their wonderings by creating prototypes of machines, architecture and science projects.

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