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 Possibilities of Our Practice

The Possibilities of Our Practice

In early education we often talk about the children’s learning journey, but what is the journey of learning for educators? How do we incorporate the educational concepts and philosophies we find appealing into our program and still remain authentic to the school and culture we live in? 

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Time to Think and Be

Time to Think and Be

In early childhood education, we work in an environment of emotional labor. This is an environment that is always stimulating and busy with many demands on our emotions and energy. Educators rarely have a time when we are removed from demands on our attention. One solution to this condition is to take a break from our busyness and practice being in solitude.

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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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