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Learning Journal Inspiration

Aistear Aistear Observations Preschool Observations Preschool Regulation 5

Learning Journal Inspiration

  As well as being an effective observation tool in anecdotal form, journaling in Preschool is a wonderful way of keeping a record of a child’s journey of learning and experiences. There are lots of way to keep a journal - it can be teacher led or child led - or a mixture of both which I believe is best. If you take our preprinted Learning Journals as a starting point you can work from there to really explore how journals can enrich children’s learning and add to your classroom. Children (and adults) get a real sense of pride and...

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Observations: What works? What is too much, too little? What are they for and how often should they happen?

Aistear Aistear Observations Preschool Observations Preschool Regulation 5

Observations: What works? What is too much, too little? What are they for and how often should they happen?

Through my own preschool and the experiences of the staff who work with me and also in meeting early years practitioners from all areas of childcare in their own settings and at the Early Years Education show it is apparent that there is a lot of confusion and apprehension over what makes for good observations and assessment in early years care. I will try and shine a light on what works for me, my staff and the practitioners who are now using The Observation Toolkit. In my opinion the staff/child ratios we are allocated do not allow for the type of...

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Sensory boxes

Preschool sensory box sensory box ideas

Sensory boxes

Sensory boxes are a fantastic addition to any preschool setting. They provide opportunity for movement, sensory play, fine motor skills, cooperation, turn taking, imagination and more. You can put almost anything (once it is child friendly and safe) into your sensory box - the list is endless, but I know how a little bit of inspiration goes a long way when you are busy in your day to day work so I’ve put together a list to inspire and help you begin. You can make your sensory boxes to a certain theme depending on the time of the year/season/current interests...

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The importance of storytelling

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The importance of storytelling

Do you read to the children in your care? I’m sure you do! There are wonderful and diverse books available for children that we can incorporate into our day to day curriculum. Stories add an element of imagination, fun and language to children’s learning and story time is a pleasant, quiet way to unwind.You can incorporate props into your story telling to bring your tales to life and always try to involve the children if possible – with hand gestures, noises and role play. There is another, often overlooked, method of story telling which moves away from books and that is Folk...

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In praise of messy play (and its importance)

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In praise of messy play (and its importance)

Hand on heart who can say, as a parent or a teacher, that we give our children ample time and space for truly messy play experiences? Understandably we usually don't due to time, space and clean up restrictions. However as early years educators it is our duty to allow children to engage in this most vital element of play. Preschool is often the only opportunity that young children get to engage in this type of play - parents, for the most part, do not usually understand the importance or are too afraid of the mess. Messy play is open and...

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