Uncovering submerged values with P4C
There is a lot of talk about “Values Education”, but what values will be relevant for an interconnected, mobile world, in which our two to six year olds will be living and working. Stephen Walshe looks at the role Philosophy for Children (P4C) can play in uncovering their “submerged” values.
An autumn festival to celebrate in the Early Years from China
The Mid-Autumn Festival or Moon Festival, celebrated this year on September 24, is a time for family and friends to celebrate by coming together and sharing food under the full moon. Jan Homden has compiled resources in a free to download PDF to make this a special time in any Early Years classroom.
An authentic East meets West approach in the classroom
International schools in China, especially Preschools or Kindergartens, have, over the past couple of years, began to rethink their approach to delivering their curriculum. Stephen Walshe emphasises the importance of a school structure in which school leaders and teachers are visible models of cross-cultural understanding, cooperation and communication.
Preparing your child for their first day at school
Jan Homden gives us 10 things to think about in the weeks leading up to your child starting school. Included are recommended books to share, based around the theme of ‘starting school’, nursery and counting rhymes to recite and sing, suggestions for healthy, creative lunch boxes and the evening before the first day!
A completely revised and updated Early Years and Primary compilation
Take the classroom outside and discover the natural world of Minibeasts
‘Teaching outdoors helps encourage curiosity and stimulates all the senses in a way that indoor learning simply cannot do.’ The Woodland Trust. This Early Years and Primary resource, compiled by Jan Homden can also be used by parents who home-school their children.
Meeting a need in Ho Chi Minh City
Expatriate life can be challenging with a young family. Having worked in Ho Chi Minh City for two years as an International teacher, then spending the following three years as a full-time mum and occasional supply (substitute) teacher, Jessica Gosling knew the learning needs of her own young family were not being met locally. In the tradition of other international teaching pioneers, she took the initiative and decided to do something about it herself.
Good listeners become good readers
Leah Davies argues that listening comprehension is vitally important if students are to achieve good reading comprehension. Children who come from homes with minimal language enrichment need to hear new words if they are to become proficient readers.
Sing, rhyme (and think!) like an engineer in the Early Years
A range of resources to choose from to suit the needs of the children you teach, which explores the importance of singing, rhyme and rhythm organised around the theme of construction – compiled by Jan Homden.
Designing playgrounds for small spaces
Play is fundamental to the needs of children, especially in the early years, but schools built on smaller sites have a particular problem in providing adequate space for play. Prue Walsh explains how to make the absolute best of what you have.
Starting school activities for the early years
If you are a KG or Early Years teacher with new children starting school this term/semester, why not download this free PDF and send it to your new parents? If you are a parent, with a little one about to start school, here are 10 things to think about that will help make the transition easier.
Planning a stimulating outside learning environment
For play specialist Prue Walsh, effective outdoor play learning in early childhood is the key to later social, emotional and cognitive development. Providing the right kind of natural and stimulating spaces in which play can progress and develop in the early years is therefore essential.
Early Years Resources
Click on the images to download Jan Homden’s free PDFs for Fun with Water Part A & Part B.
Part A – Get on your rain gear and join Peppa Pig’s Muddy Puddle Walk. Display ideas for your classroom and fiction/non-fiction books to share. Water play activities and simple experiments to encourage prediction, observation and language development.
Let the children play!
According to Early Years specialist Fiona Zinn, “Never before have we known as much as we do now about the way the young brain develops and the significant role of play in this process”. Why, then, is time given to play under such pressure in the Early Years curriculum?
All profits in support of WaterAid
by Sally Flint, illustrated by NokIsme. Review by Jan Homden
What is the family to do? It is a Saturday morning and the wi-fi is broken. Everyone is distraught except the cat and Grandpa William who saves the day by suggesting that today they do things a little bit differently.
Jan Homden reviews the 2016 edition of Prue Walsh’s innovative and influential book which provides a wealth of ideas for the creation of an inspirational outdoor leaning environment and remains as relevant today as it was when it was fist published.
Positive Ways to Support Settling-in for The Early Years
For many practitioners and families this is a time of change and transition. Some children may be returning after the summer break, but many will be starting their very first day in your setting. Anni McTavish offers helpful ideas to support parents and practitioners.
Resources for the Early Years
‘Arrr . . . . Arrr . . . . Me Hearties!’ A fun topic to end the year.
In Part A, role play pirate ships and ideas for dress-ups. Add to that, treasure maps, pirate flags and a Ship’s Log Book. Get started with sea shanties and you’re all ready to set sail!
Click on the pirate to download your free PDF
Early Years Resource
Click on the images to download your free PDF for Under the Sea Part A & B and The Rainbow Fish.
Under the Sea PART A
Create the wow factor at your classroom door! Take your children to Sea Life to introduce the topic and in the active world tray develop ideas based on a fishy theme. Play fishing games that have a maths/language focus plus explore on-line themed links that are just a click away.
A crucial age
In recent years, writes Janice Ireland, there has been a global movement towards improving the quality and provision of pre-school education. As a result, early childhood education is now viewed as a contributing factor to long-term social and economic gains.
Get Teddy Outdoors!
In the Northern hemisphere schools are almost halfway through the summer term and perhaps beginning to consider those jobs that will need attention during the weeks of the summer holiday. On your list you may be thinking about redesigning or upgrading your Early Years playground.
Or, you may just want to add something new to your current playground to excite the children as they enjoy the benefit of warmer weather and being outdoors more.
Jan Homden gives us a few ideas to consider in this free downloadable PDF.
Click on the image above to download the PDF
Setting up your own veterinary clinic in the classroom with free resources to download. Ideas for the writing table and great stories, songs and rhymes to develop the themes of caring and empathy.
Click on the image to download Part A of your free PDF
Based on Lauren Child’s wonderful picture book That Pesky Rat this PDF focuses on ideas to develop the children’s attitude and feelings through language and art & craft activities that complement the story.
Click on the image to download Part B of your free PDF
Play has been called the highest expression of human development and few would disagree that it is fundamentally important to a child’s learning and social and emotional wellbeing.
Prue Walsh has a wealth of experience designing outstanding outdoor play environments and here highlights some of the key aspects to consider when planning a play area.