Online Learning at Possibilities ECE

Online Learning at Possibilities ECE

At Possibilities ECE, we want to share small acts of service within the Early Childhood Education Community. The classes we offer come from a desire to use our experience and knowledge to share with others, so children, families, educators, and the learning community will grow and thrive.

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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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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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Curating Mindful Inquiry - Part Three

Curating Mindful Inquiry - Part Three

When we enter into learning as co-learners, we construct our practices together. Our dialogue with all members of the learning community involves diverse perspectives that help to shape our ideas of children.

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Curating Mindful Inquiry - Part Two

Curating Mindful Inquiry - Part Two

When we adopt the stance as co-learners, we acknowledge our responsibilities to scaffold and support the specific ideas and theories that children bring forward into our classroom, programs, and our lives.

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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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Curating Mindful Inquiry - Part One

Curating Mindful Inquiry - Part One

As humans, we are all invested in discovering our world. The practices of discovery allow us to test ideas of what might be happening, to draw conclusion, and to create a construct that explains and categorizes as a ‘truth’ from our discovery.

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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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The Line Between Guidance and Discipline

The Line Between Guidance and Discipline

In conversation with school age educators one topic that is often discussed is children’s actions. What motivates the actions of children? Is there a reason for the choices children make? 

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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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Making Choices in an Early Childhood Community

Making Choices in an Early Childhood Community

There are many options in our field about how to engage effectively with children. Different philosophies focus on different areas of interest with their pedagogical framework. Working with children is a complex practice with decisions that need to be made every day. What is an effective process for making choices?

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I'm a Believer

I'm a Believer

A believer in education is someone who empowers children, gives gentle advice, is a good listener, and a person who lets the children know they have someone who sees only good in them and is there for them under any circumstance.

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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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Learning Together

Learning Together

Learning together is the work that we do as educators, to hold space for children as they construct knowledge in their own way, at their own pace. Learning together is shaped by the image of the child you hold. 

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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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Actions to Inspire Curiosity

Actions to Inspire Curiosity

All children are naturally curious - they are born that way. Children are always seeking to discover how the world works. As educators, we don't need to make children curious or push children to learn, they will seek out these activities on their own if we give them the time, materials, and opportunities to explore on their environments and make their own discoveries

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