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Will you teach my child to read in Kindergarten?

In Kindergarten (the year prior to school), interviews are held with the parents to develop a rapport, and to develop a shared understanding of their child.  Parents are asked about their child’s needs, strengths and interests, and their expectations for

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The Role of Critical Thinking in Children’s Risky Play

Critical thinking, risky play and outdoor learning in the Kindergarten context, arguably the ideal time to establish these important foundations for learning,

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Critical review of a research article:      Conversations about Visual Arts: Facilitating Oral Language

  Overview of article The research paper selected is “Conversations about Visual Arts: Facilitating Oral language,” authored by Ni Chang and Susan Cress (2014).  The authors’ purpose “was to explore how young children’s language skills were facilitated during or after

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Why should we include Critical Thinking (Good thinking) in Preschool

“It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.” – Aristotle   Our role as educators is to support children to be independent life long learners in an ever-changing world. As

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How can peer dialogue and reflection influence educators’ knowledge, doing and being?

How can peer dialogue and reflection influence educators’ knowledge, doing and being? The nature and quality of teachers’ interactions with children is one of the most salient aspects of early childhood programs’ effects on children’s development, (Elliott & Australian Council

Posted in Children's Play, Outdoor Programs, Programing and Planning, Reflecting, Theory

Creative Confidence

— Phrases from this talk that resonate; – “Fear of Judgement” – “you don’t do things, you are afraid you are going to be judged. If you don’t say the right creative thing, you will be judge” – Albert Bandura

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