Fine Motor Threading

I was having a wander round Home Sense today and saw this pasta on the shelf. I think this would be amazing for threading, working on fine motor control and hand/eye co-ordination.

A bargain at £2.49 as well!

Book Review: Looking for Learning – Provocations

There are a large number of books for Early Years Practitioners out on the market, there’s only a handful that are “MUST HAVE” books and this is one of them!

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This delightful book by Laura England (AKA Little Miss Early Years) is just perfect in walking you through the whole process of setting and using Provocations in the children’s learning, you could call it a step by step guide.

It starts by looking at the theories behind Provocations and some of the well know theorists, such as Bruner, Vygotsky and Piaget, whose work has been influential in the use of provocations. The whole book is so easy to digest and can be picked up and read in little pieces or read on a car journey from York to Newcastle (that’s what I did – I wasn’t driving by the way!)

The books takes you through a journey into all aspects of our daily working routine from the 7 areas of learning to the Characteristics of Effective Learning alongside Continuous Provision. There are clear explanations and beautiful photos to really inspire your practice without filling you with a fear you will need to rush off to IKEA and spend a fortune on a heap of new resources.

Provocations are a part of our every day routine and this book really helps to bring it to life – I’m so glad I have my copy, have you got yours?

www.littlemissearlyyears.co.uk

Room Leaders – Skills and Qualities?

As you may have seen from a previous post I’m working on a downloadable resource pack for Room Leaders. This is quite a tricky post for people who are new to it and possibly one that isn’t supported as much as it could be.

I’m going to be working on a face to face training package to support newbie Room Leaders and would like your input!

  • What do you see as essential skills and qualities of a Room Leader?
  • What support do you feel a new Room Leader needs?
  • Do you feel a Room Leader clearly understands their role and responsibilities?

 

If you can give me your views on this and anything else you feel a new Room Leader needs to know then please get in touch. My email is hello@tmpearlyyears.co.uk

 

Thanks!

Sorting and matching

One of my very lovely colleagues brought in a set of graded storage containers she bought from Morrisons and added them to the home corner as a maths activity. The children have to sort them into the correct size with the correct lid in order to put the final bug kid on. It’s kind of a domestic Russian Doll.

I happened to comment how awesome that was, next thing I know I come in to find a set of them in my locker. She knows me only too well!

No idea of the cost as they were a present but worth having a look in your nearest Morrisons!

CPD with a difference!

I’ve just been doing the housework and some CPD at the same time.

Don’t be too shocked, I do do the housework sometimes! However I popped on my headphones and spent and enjoyable time listening to my very lovely friend Kimberly from KSEY Consultancy talking about a variety of topics relating to her specialist subject of Hygge in the Early Years.

Image Copyright KSEY Consultancy

These podcasts are free and well worth listening to, I’m certainly taking the latest one back to my setting and pointing my team in the direction of it. Mop, bucket and duster not included!

Available from:

iTunes

Audioboom

Spotify