Love Learning – Children educate themselves?

This is an extremely interesting article about children’s learning and play. I’m just reading article number 3 of this series.

https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/freedom-learn/200807/children-educate-themselves-ii-we-all-know-s-true-little-kids

I am a great believer that you support children through an enabling environment and that they should lead the provision you put in place. I also believe you should never help a child do something that they can do themselves or they are trying to do themselves, obviously unless they are visibly distressed. This article links to the way in which children naturally learn. Enjoy.

Love Early Education,

Love, Kylie x 

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Love nursery rhymes – day 6 of 30 days wild

Due to the grey thundery skies Day 6 of #30dayswild wasn’t as wild as it could of been.


Today we listened to the thunder and the rain from inside and took the opportunity to sing some weather related songs. These included I hear thunder and it’s raining it’s pouring. 

Nursery rhymes are great for children’s communication and language development as well as literacy skills. The joy of nursery rhymes are they are completely free and available anytime any place. Currently our favourite in this house is baa baa black sheep, now that the little one can say baa. 

Have a read of this wonderful document all about the importance of nursery rhymes for children’s development:
http://www.kbyutv.org/kidsandfamily/readytolearn/file.axd?file=2011%2F3%2F2+Rhymers+are+Readers-Why+Important.pdf 

Also there the activities you can plan around nursery rhymes are endless! 

From sensory bins:
http://adventuresofadam.co.uk/old-macdonalds-farm-tuff-spot/

To maths activities:
http://picklebums.com/five-currant-buns-free-printable-puppets/

And everything in between!

Physical development – http://lifeovercs.com/jumping-with-jack-be-nimble-gross-motor-activity/#comment-51620

Science – http://www.science-sparks.com/2015/08/06/humpty-dumpty-science-ideas/

Here are 45 nursery rhyme crafts from How Wee Learn:

45 Nursery Rhyme Crafts

Enjoy.
Love Early Education,

Love, Kylie x 

Love Equality – Gender divides hinder progress at school

The Lib Dem Equalities Minister has a lot to say about gender equality in play, take a look:

http://news.sky.com/story/1207448/pink-wont-make-girls-think-says-govt-minister

It would seem that Charlotte Benjamin’s fantastic letter to Lego is getting the recognition it deserves, as it got another mention in the sky article above. If you’ve not seen it yet have a look:

http://metro.co.uk/2014/02/01/charlotte-benjamin-girl-sends-letter-to-lego-about-gender-stereotypes-in-toys-4286634/

What’s your opinion?

Love Early Education
Love, Kylie x