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Coping with challenging behaviour during challenging times

Coping with challenging behaviour during challenging times

Jennifer Fiechtner Angela teaches three-year-olds in a program affiliated with a local hospital. Her class normally has ten children in it, but currently several children are staying home with their families. Lately, there have only been four children attending...

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The importance of play for learning

The importance of play for learning

Insights from Friedrich Froebel Dr Stella Louis and Dr Sacha Powell Childhood is a time for, well, childhood! It’s not a preparation for school or adulthood. It’s a time for allowing children to go at their own pace, giving them the time they need to explore,...

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Enjoyable play from very early years

Enjoyable play from very early years

Jennie Lindon Babies and very young children love to play, and some bought play resources can be very useful. However, many suitable play items are safe, ordinary items and not commercially produced toys. In a nutshell, babies, toddlers and very young children need...

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The gift of wonder

The gift of wonder

Ruth Wilson “Wonder” and “extinction” are concepts I think about a lot as they relate to both my professional and personal life. Wonder makes life such a magical experience. Extinction, on the other hand, drains the magic from our everyday lives. Wonder takes us to...

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Growing beans in a bag

Growing beans in a bag

Instructions: 1. Place several damp, folded paper towels into a zip lock bag. Insert 5 staples about half way up the bag. This will keep the beans in the right place so that there's room to watch the roots grow. 2. Place a few beans into the bag. 3. Tape the bag onto...

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Outdoor play

Outdoor play

Johnson, Christie and Wardle Everyone who works with young children in early childhood programmes and schools knows how quickly bacteria and viruses spread in these environments. One way to reduce the spread of infection is through lots and lots of fresh air. Outdoor...

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Nature pedagogy and answering children’s questions

Nature pedagogy and answering children’s questions

Death, decay and disappearance Dr Claire Warden “The grand show is eternal. It is always sunrise somewhere, the dew is never dried all at once, a shower is forever falling.Vapour is ever rising. Eternal sunrise, eternal dawn and gloaming, on sea and continents and...

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Nurturing children’s biophilia and love of nature

Nurturing children’s biophilia and love of nature

Developmentally appropriate environmental education for young children Randy White and Vicki L. Stoecklin Extensive research in children’s development and experience in early childhood education has shown that young children: Have unique learning styles that match...

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The importance of play for learning

Insights from Friedrich Froebel Dr Stella Louis...

Enjoyable play from very early years

Jennie Lindon Babies and very young children...

The gift of wonder

Ruth Wilson “Wonder” and “extinction” are...

The cycle of life – Answering some tough questions about life and death

“The grand show is eternal. It is always sunrise...

Growing beans in a bag

Instructions: 1. Place several damp, folded...

Outdoor play

Johnson, Christie and Wardle Everyone who works...

Nature pedagogy and answering children’s questions

Death, decay and disappearance Dr Claire Warden...

Nurturing children’s biophilia and love of nature

Developmentally appropriate environmental...

Lego’s message to parents: Playtime benefits you as much as your kids

What’s good for your kid’s development is also...

Block building

Opportunities for learning Harriet K. Cuffaro...

Sensory play for children with special educational needs

Sue Gascoyne Positive action Regardless of SEN,...

The importance of sensory play

Kelly Hantak & Vanessa van der Graaf “If it...

Recycling Facts for Kids

Recycling is the processes of taking an organic...

What do we really want for our children?

A young college student recently remarked that...

Oral language: the foundation of literacy

In the history of human development, oral...

Robo Wunderkind x Happy Kids

With the school year in the full swing, we’d...

Osian’s story

We all know that block play is good for...

Kids’ Food and Health – Thoughts by Happy Kids part 10.

What can I give children after school? Children...

Kids’ Food and Health – Thoughts by Happy Kids part 9.

Eating fussy eaters Create a good mood for a...

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