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.
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.
The development of early language and literacy begins in the first three years of life and is closely linked to a child's earliest experiences with books and stories.
Kindergarten is a time for the full flowering of the imaginations of children, the time for “mature role play” as an engine of mental and social-emotional development.
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.
The Project Approach offers teachers a way to develop in-depth thinking while engaging the hearts and minds of young children.
In order to fully embrace what we see as an important component of outdoor exploration, namely co-exploration, you need to leave the formal instructive style of teaching at the door.
"It amazes me how quickly and how often we forget that we are embodied, that we see the world the way we do because we live in these bodies."
- Sir Ken Robinson (2012)
Physical development in young children is about the emergence of a robust sense of self along with awareness of self,...
Friedrich Froebel was counter-cultural in his day, vehemently protesting an educational system in which children were forced into a mould instead of being valued and nurtured as individuals. Our results-driven system is not fundamentally different.