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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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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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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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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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