Preparing the learning envrionment tips and ideas
Preparing for a new class can be an overwhelming prospect even for an experienced teacher. Rebecca Fisk takes us through her journey step by step as she tackles the task of planning and putting things in order, considers individual needs, and is rewarded by success.
Ideas for coping with challenging behaviour
Those of us who work with young children know stress often translates into an uptick in challenging behaviours. Tantrums, meltdowns, sleep disruptions, and regression are all ways that children may show that they are having a hard time. So, what can parents and caregivers do to help? Here are three ideas for supporting children.
Self-regulation is a skill we want our children to have.
Adult-imposed responses to behaviour, whether positive or negative, can take away a child's own feelings of control and stop them learning to think for themselves.
Block play supports STEM.
After six years of facilitating professional development sessions on the exploration of materials with teachers, I am more convinced than ever that blocks are one of the most essential materials for the early childhood classroom.
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What is causing some children to develop these social behaviour disturbances?
Many teachers tell me they spend too much time trying to maintain a sense of safety in their classrooms and admit to resorting to more “time outs” and harsher “discipline techniques” than in the past. What is causing some children to develop social behaviour disturbances that I have come to characterize as “Compassion Deficit Disorder”?
Loose parts in play
In a world in which we are preparing our youngest generation for professions still unknown, it is imperative to fuel children’s curiosity and appetite for learning. This love of learning, along with the skills to communicate, problem-solve, and self-regulate, will lead to life-long success no matter the profession. Some might say that learning these skills will only happen behind a desk in a typical classroom, but research tells us that children who spend time in well-designed, nature-filled…
Learning in the outdoor environment
Resonating with the work of early years pioneers such as Rousseau and Froebel – as well as Montessori – there has been a recent resurgence of interest in the UK in the potential of the outdoor environment for supporting children's learning.
No matter how small an outdoor space, it can be made interesting!
Not all children attend will-equipped nurseries with exciting and challenging outdoor areas. But all early years settings should be providing outside play opportunities regardless of their facilities.
When they play, children use trial and error to explore, hypothesize and test their thinking.
In this fourth article of the Model for Living series we explore play and playfulness, which are key dynamics in early childhood development.