The Apple Bed

The Apple Bed

Part of my practice as an educator is moving throughout the learning space and engaging in conversation with different children. During these interactions, I am looking for an opportunity to observe a child or a group of children, as they work on an exploration that invites further investigation.

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Salt Dough Animals

Salt Dough Animals

Slime is still trending, so I wanted to continue the exploration of slime and different gooey tactile materials with the children. This week I decided to try a classic recipe and make salt dough

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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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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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Children Come First

Children Come First

Looking closer at the philosophies of different schools, there are guiding lights in the practice of these programs that stand out as lighthouses for all people who work in early childhood education.

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Electronics Day

Electronics Day

Technology can be wonderful. The potential of computers and online learning to expand our knowledge is amazing. In our field, schools exist that frequently utilize computers and other technology in meaningful work.

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Drawing Transformers

Drawing Transformers

Observing children and documenting as they are creating and expressing ideas, is an opportunity for educators to discover insights into the thinking process, skill development, and the learning journey of a child.

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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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Creating Suits of Armor

Creating Suits of Armor

Often one child inspires other children with their ideas and execution of work. A common activity is for children to use some of their day observing other children working in the classroom. During this time children are often motivated to try similar work themselves.

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Activity in School Age Programs

Activity in School Age Programs

Educators in school-age programs spend much of their time trying to create new activities for children to be engaged in the classroom. The process of creating and implementing activities often becomes a distraction from working with the children. How can school-age educators encourage children’s activity while creating opportunities for wonder, discovery, and self directed satisfying work?

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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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Compliance versus Contentment

Compliance versus Contentment

In afterschool programs there is a challenge between two worlds, the world of compliance and the world of contentment. Compliance is defined as “the act of conforming, acquiescing, or yielding”. It is also defined as “the tendency to yield readily to others especially in a weak subservient way”. Contentment is defined as “the state of being content, satisfaction, and ease of mind” another term used for this is happiness. 

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