Love Sharing – Sharing Sunday

I have been so busy this week with an exciting trip to York and working on my assignment that I haven’t had a chance to update my wordpress page but I have been sharing on Facebook and twitter, so I have decided to do a ‘Sharing Sunday’ and share all the activities, news and pages I have shared on my Facebook this week. This may become a regular feature along side my Quote of the Week, which I will do by the end of tonight 🙂

So here we go, Sharing Sunday…

This social experiment called ‘The Kidnapping Children Experiment’ was filmed by Yousef Saleh Erakat who runs fouseyTUBE. It is shocking and scary but really makes you think, how would you react? As it says in the footage 30 seconds of bravery could save a childs life.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2556400/He-tried-car-Shocking-video-shows-people-really-respond-attempted-child-abductions.html

Here are a few links from a new page I’ve been following on Facebook, The Natural Parent Magazine…

What an awesome idea…

I absolutely love this, it is so true…

Thinking I must still be in that amazing state of life that is childhood…

And finally one from Simple Homeschool, which is a lovely little literacy quote…

Hope you like these as much as I did.

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

Love Outdoor Play – Forest Schools

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Over the past few weeks in university we have been talking about forest schools. Forest Schools were first seen in Sweden during the 1950s and since 1995 have been popping all over the UK, there are now upwards of 180 around the UK. The importance of natural resources and outdoor play has been around since the days of Frobel and McMillan and is now an integral part of Early Years Practice, especially in Forest Schools.

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As part of our exploration of Forest schools we went into our local woods last week to do a risk assessment and planned some early years activities and this week we went back into the woods to take part in these activities.

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These activities included sitting at a ‘log pile house’ and reading The Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson, exploring for twigs and building twigs towers and going on a bear hunt. As well as an activity on outdoor fire making.

The Gruffalo –
We decided on a outdoor story after finding this little beauty…

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Which we used as a somewhere to read The Gruffalo from as it had strong logs around that the ‘children’ could sit on.

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We sat around by our ‘log pile house’ and read The Gruffalo, with group participation.

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As well as The Gruffalo, we then went on to explore for sticks and build twig towers. We used string to create an enclosed area that the ‘children’ could safely explore in, the string held by hanging branches and branches that stuck out and where unsafe, we also closed off areas that included nettles and holly.

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Once we found enough twigs we started to build our towers, we included counting and shapes.

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After our twig towers we went on a bear hunt, we went through the grass, mud and the deep dark forest.

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And we made arrows to find our way back.

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After all that excitement it was time for us all to learn something new. Our tutor showed us how to create an outdoor fire using a fire can and different resources including a magnesium fire flint key.

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We eventually got our fire started, although it didn’t last very long. It gave Sutherland opportunity to explore fire safety and exciting ways to learn about the world including science. Although this wouldn’t be right for every child and every setting, in the right context this could be a fantastic experience for children.

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Forest schools and outdoor play has so many opportunities for childre, it includes sensory play, physical developing and developing a understanding about the world, as well as helping children develop confidence.

These last few weeks have definitely inspired me to explore Forest schools and outdoor play further. I hope it has inspired you all too.

Love Early Education
Love, Kylie x

Love Diversity – Chinese New Year also known as The Spring festival.

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I had the chance to see some of the Chinese New Year celebrations at my university yesterday. There was Chinese food including some tasty spring rolls and a tea ceremony. There was also Chinese calligraphy, origami, table tennis and Chinese drums with a dragon dance.

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These are fantastic for a university but are you wondering what to do in your early years setting for Chinese New Year? Here are a few ideas:

🐴 Year of the horse – so for the most basic of activities get the paint or the pens out and draw some horses. Talk about Chinese New Year and the zodiac and let the children pick what animals they would like to draw, talk about what they look like, how many legs, what colours they are and what noises they make etc.

🐴 Expressive arts – Want some more arts and crafts activities? Well there are plenty for Chinese New Year, as well as the animals paintings you can make Lanterns, Chinese fans and for your pre schoolers you could even try some basic origami. You could also help the children to make some red envelopes or a Chinese drum.

🐴 Music and movement – you can make some Chinese drums with your children, all you need is two paper plates each, some sticks (lolly sticks will do), some string and something like a pair of bells or beads and you are good to go. Let the children decorate them and then let the music and movement begin 🙂 As well as your Chinese drums you could include some sings such as gung hay fat choy!
http://www.nancymusic.com/Gunghayplay.htm

🐴 Fine motor skills – Today in my setting we made some rainbow rice (red is perfect for this time of year)
and used our fine motor skills to try and use chop sticks to pick the rice up, it was good fun and the kids loved it.

🐴 Maths – Make some Chinese food this week, some that takes a few ingredients, something like spring rolls. That way you can get the children to help measure and count the ingredients and at the end of it, they even get to try some yummy Chinese food 🙂

I know there are a lot more activities out there to celebrate this special time of year but we have 23 days of spring festival starting tomorrow, so please share all your ideas and keep an eye on my Pinterest for more ideas.

Kung Hei Fat Choy!

Love Early Education
Love, Kylie x

Love Sharing – Sharing ideas and activities

I have been thinking of different ways to share ideas and activities as well as on my wordpress blog.
I’ve now got a Facebook page and a Pinterest, please follow me on them, as well as sharing my own ideas and activities they are great platforms for sharing other sites and pages that I follow.

https://www.facebook.com/Loveearlyeducation?ref=ts&fref=ts

Love Early Education
Love, Kylie x

Love Diversity – Martin Luther King Day

I mentioned this on my MLK day post on my blog, I knew I’d seen it somewhere. It’s great to have a lovely picture to put to the activity from quirky momma!

Here’s a few ways to see quirky Momma’s awesome activities:
https://www.facebook.com/QuirkyMomma?hc_location=timeline
http://kidsactivitiesblog.com/23747/what-is-diversity

Thinking I need to invest in a Pinterest account for my blog as well as my personal account.

Happy Martin Luther King Day!

Love Early Education
Love, Kylie x

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