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5 Ways to Nurture the Nature Connection...

nature pedagogy Feb 15, 2021

Yesterday afternoon, my two daughters came inside with a grasshopper in hand. They held it carefully, but wanted desperately to show me what they had found. Once I had admired the little creature, they took it back outside. A few moments later, they came inside and asked to borrow my phone.

"We...

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4 Ways to Support Problem Solving Through Loose Parts Play!

loose parts pedagogy play Dec 16, 2020

This week I visited a local service. While I spoke with the approved provider, I noticed some play unfolding in the mud pit nearby. A group of children were using a plank and some buckets to create what looked to be a bridge. As I began to listen to the conversation, it became apparent that they...

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5 Things to Say Instead of "He had a Great Day!"

This was originally posted on our old blog in 2019


He had a great day!" 

When they arrive in the afternoon to collect their child from their early education and care service, unfortunately this a phrase that families hear all too often. And do you know what? I have been guilty of saying...

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4 Ways to "Hang on" to your philosophy during the festive season

This is a repost from a post I wrote six years ago... but the sentiment is still very relevant

Well, it is December. The Christmas season is well and truly underway and social media is filled with photos of very clever Christmas craft, decorated rooms and ideas for embracing the festive...

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Belonging: You can't just stick it on the wall

This week, I spent time at our TimberNook Newcastle School Holiday program. It is a 100% outdoor, full day program where children build, create, explore, and most importantly - play! 

As the children began arriving in the morning, I observed them. Some bounced in, full of energy and stories...

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3 Tips for The Child Who Doesn't Want to Share

pedagogy play sharing Jun 23, 2020

She found the terracotta pipes and began to build. Lining them up, end to end, it was clear that she had a very specific vision for her play/creation. She worked on her own for a long time, testing ideas and theories. Suddenly, another child arrived and started to touch the pipes....

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3 Questions to Stop Asking A Child Engaged in Play.

I have written and spoken about the concept of Interaction vs Interference before and while many educators agree in theory, putting it into practice can be a little tougher. We tend to get caught up in our need to know what is happening, our desire to document learning or even our need to make...

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Knowing VS Growing: How Vulnerability can Evolve our Practice as Educators

pedagogy professionalism Apr 22, 2020

Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know betterdo better.” —Maya Angelou

Have you ever found yourself in an early childhood Facebook group? Perhaps you have a group that you love, one where those involved are inspiring, reflective...

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