Early childhood educators tell me a lot of stories when I keynote or train. And since I’ve been speaking and training for almost four decades, you can imagine just how many stories there have been. Lately, though, I keep hearing the same three stories from teachers throughout the country.
The last few years have seen a surge of interest in woodworking in early years education. Some settings are starting from scratch, while for others it’s a case of dusting down the workbench and digging out the tools after many years of neglect.
Resonating with the work of early years pioneers such as Rousseau and Froebel – as well as Montessori – there has been a recent resurgence of interest in the UK in the potential of the outdoor environment for supporting children's learning.
Actually we all know very many more songs than we think we do, but we just don’t sing them as often as we could! But why is it important that we increase our own and our children’s repertoire of songs?
It is important to make every moment matter in the early childhood classroom. Take a moment to look for how to transform everyday moments into extraordinary moments for young children…and watch the magic begin.
What is the significance of sleep patterns and the impact of sleep on early childhood development?
Since the days of the first “hunter-gatherers” to Oliver Twist’s heart-stopping “Please, Sir, I want some more’’(Dickens 1838) moment and on into our present day western “Master Chef”-style revitalization of the culinary arts, eating has been so much more than a basic, physical human survival need.
Throughout the world there is a growing concern that children are being exposed to a range of cultural pressures that may be damaging to their long-term health and wellbeing. How can we ensure we are promoting the form of adult life that we value and wish to perpetuate?
Helping children build vocabulary and develop language skills to get what they need and want is a key teaching task in the early childhood classroom. So many important developmental tasks are tied to children’s ability to access and use language in the right ways at the right time.
Research shows that early math skills may be a better indicator of later academic success than early reading skills. So how should teachers prepare young children for math education?