Curiouser and Curiouser said . . .

. . . well, me basically!

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We as Practitioners know that children are naturally curious, in fact I think everybody knows that children are curious! It’s a perfect hook for us to engage them in learning which is relevant and personal. Recently I’ve become aware of a tour de force movement behind harnessing this natural curiosity very aptly named The Curiosity ApproachTM

So, pardon me while I leave this post and get stuck into their rather exciting, engaging, curious and altogether inspirational looking book.

See you on the other side!

For mash get . . .

Ok so you need to be well over 30 to get that reference.

So whilst sunning myself in Gran Canaria we made comment about the type of mashed potato used in the hotel evening buffet and decided it must be instant mash.

That got me thinking what a great addition it would be for the water tray. I’ll be buying a big tub of it when I get home.

Now, back to the honeymoon before they notice I’m blogging!

Water water everywhere . . .

Long car journeys are great as it finally gave me time to read the current issue of Early Years Educator magazine where I found an interesting article about self-care for practitioners by Sarah Davies.

I’ve mentioned before about our need for caring for ourselves as well as the small people we look after. Sarah talks about ensuring we have breakfast as (and we all know this) it fuels us for the start of our day. I tend not to eat breakfast at home as I’m concentrating on not getting caught in traffic and being at work early. However as we offer breakfast to the children I eat something with them as it also provides opportunities for learning and discussion. Practitioners should use the time as a great starting point for their day. Plan or re-plan your experiences for the day with the information gleaned from the breakfast table chats with the children.

However a point that Sarah made was about drinking water during the day. I ensure my children always have access to water and prompt them to drink. What about me? Well, no. I’m rubbish at drinking water during the day so no wonder I have headaches quite regularly.

I bought myself a water bottle to drink from during the day but it never made it out of my locker. So, in the cause of self preservation it’s time to refocus and ensure I’m hydrated too.

Who’s with me on the hydration revolution?

Loose Parts Play

I’ve been an advocate for this for a couple of years now having not known anything about it to then attending a Mindstretchers course on Nature Kindergarten’s as a 40th Birthday present (some people know me so well when buying me presents!)

I’m quite excited by many development lately in this area of play. This first being the Loose Parts Play book that’s been produced by Inspiring Scotland which really brings to the fore the benefits of this area of play for children. The book is available for free download from this link:  CLICK HERE

The second is I’ll be attending a short evening workshop based on this book in a couple of week’s time. I’m hoping it will bring further ideas for me to develop and implement into my setting.

The only “challenge” for practitioners to implement a loose parts play ethos is gathering materials; but that couldn’t be simpler. Start by asking your parents if they have any suitable materials such as cable drums, crates, drain pipes, guttering etc lying around. You’d be surprised what you can gather.

Next try asking a few local trades people such as electricians, builders, joiners etc. They will probably be glad to offload some of their stuff.

Finally, B&Q have a scrap scheme which you can  join. Just visit them in store to ask for more details (I’m not sponsored by them in case you’re wondering!)

Then motivate the children to explore and create with the materials you’ve gathered!