The Kitty House Project

The Kitty House Project

The outcomes of child directed learning are beneficial to all members of the learning community. Projects initiated by the children create opportunities for the learning community to come together and learn as one.

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Scripted Programming

Scripted Programming

Given a choice the children love creating and investigating their own interests. In school age and pre-school care scripted programming continues to be the norm. What are the outcomes of utilizing scripted programming? One educator’s story.

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Friends

Friends

Educators in early education and school age care often utilize the word “friends” to describe an entire class or group of children. All persons in the learning community have the potential to be a friend. Children learn about friendship from a young age as they move away from parallel play and into more complex play situations.

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The Emotional Lives of Early Childhood Educators

The Emotional Lives of Early Childhood Educators

At a recent conference, a group of educators came together to discuss self-care. During the discussion one area of concern was the emotional labor involved in our work. This interaction started me on a journey in thinking about the emotions involved in my work with children. What did I discover?

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What is a Learning Experience?

What is a Learning Experience?

The following are the seven main actions I observed as children were engaged in the learning experience. This is a unique journey for each child and is not as programmed and standardized as we may be led to believe.

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The Cardboard Sculpture

The Cardboard Sculpture

This is a story about how one educator created an invitation with recycled materials and how the children turned what was thought to be an art installation into a scientific investigation. 

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How Can Mindfulness Improve Our Practice?

How Can Mindfulness Improve Our Practice?

At a recent training on observation, educators shared their practice for observing, collecting, organizing, and displaying the work they do with children. A common thread that tied all of the work together was mindfulness. 

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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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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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Self Portraits

Self Portraits

As a new school year begins. The learning community is forming and part of the work for educators is self-examination. Now is a wonderful time to look where our journey as an educator has traveled and where it is going.

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