As a child I was drawn to seeing the world from different point of view. I would clutch the branches of my grandparents’ wattle tree and lazily explore my surroundings. I’d hang from the old steel monkey bars at the local park and pretend the white fluffy clouds were at my feet and the gum… Continue reading How’s it Hangin’? – Understanding the Orientation Schema
When we let children play amazing things happen. We just have to allow ourselves to see it. I'm a big believer in child led play... and when I say play I refer to ALL aspects of learning because child's play is not a time filler or what we do when we've finished learning. Play IS… Continue reading When We Let Children Play…
In my last post, I pondered the idea of establishing rituals to help create a peaceful and relaxed environment for children. I didn’t want the prospect of these rituals to be daunting or forced so taking a nature walk seemed like a good place to start! Simple, enjoyable, achievable. I like to consider the following… Continue reading Establishing Rituals for Children: Nature Walks
Working with young children means I can be up against some BIG emotions. As an educator I know this will happen from time to time (usually on a daily basis!) and I value the importance of supporting, guiding and comforting children during these moments. Sometimes it can be incredibly challenging to stay calm and figure… Continue reading Daily Rituals for Happy Children
In a world where classrooms are defined by a desk and four walls, where technology reigns supreme and helicopter parents continue to wrap their little ones in cotton wool, it’s important we find ways to move beyond those walls, simplify our learning environments and get in touch with the good stuff; sunshine, mud, wind and… Continue reading The Power of Nature Play!
Every few months I have a major clean out and reorganisation of our art and craft supplies. When sifting through everything there's some things that are recycled, some are binned and others are re purposed. Part of this process includes giving some tired,= and worn out textas a second chance at life. We did this… Continue reading Experimenting with DIY Watercolours
Process based art and child led activities are a big interest of mine, I enjoy observing children's creative processes as it tends to tell me a hell of a lot more than anything I plan for or control. So I'm steering away from the product based art and craft activities along with adult led play… Continue reading Trust the Process…