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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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