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Mindfulness in Preschool

Mindfulness in Preschool

So, we have all heard of mindfulness. Some of us may have delved in, practiced a bit, or a lot. Some of us may think it’s nonsense or are unsure what it even entails. Whatever we believe or know Mindfulness is big news right now, and it can have a profoundly positive effect on preschoolers. Mindfulness is a mental state achieved by focusing one’s awareness on the present moment while calmly acknowledging and accepting one’s feelings, thoughts, and bodily sensations. It is used as a therapeutic technique. We all know that feeling of having driven somewhere and then we can’t...

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Writing skills in preschool

Writing skills

Writing skills in preschool

We all know the current thinking regarding writing and reading in preschoolers - don’t do it! They will be bored in school ! Focus on play! There are those who are strong advocates of the complete “play only” curriculum and those who still quietly go about their mornings encouraging children to get ready for school by making numbers and letters a mandatory part of their morning routine, and then there are those of us who fall somewhere in the middle - we see the children who want to write and constantly pull pages and pencils from the drawer and ask...

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Learning Journal Inspiration

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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?

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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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