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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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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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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Digital Landscapes

Digital Landscapes

There are many strengths and concerns about how we offer these digital provocations and the impact on young children. So, I have been spending time thinking about a theoretical framework for the digital environment.

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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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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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