Working on the implementation of Aistear, Siolta, the First 5, Aim and Better Start programs we have always focused on our outdoor environments as creative learning spaces for children. Outdoor environments fully support the emersion of children in play as an active process regardless of the end product (Bruce, 2001). To facilitate role play and communityContinue reading “Our Emergent Nature Curriculum: Loose Parts and Small Scale Gardening”
“Breaking the Bias” I recently happened to have a very opportune chat with a female friend of mine, that provoked some thoughts back to when my own children were in primary school, and if I am honest, I was struggling to keep my career and home life on track. This friend has four young childrenContinue reading “Women in the workforce”
As a Parent of three not-so-small boys anymore, it has always been my mission to instill confidence, resilience, and self-confidence in my children. Looking back I have to say I think I managed this successfully, but not without some hurdles and some help along the way. These three are young men now, and successful youngContinue reading “Collaborative Partnerships: Supporting Parents to Enhance the Language of STEAM”
As practitioners, we are only too aware of the importance of children engaging with vocabulary and the rules of language through continuous exposure to spoken language, music, and books. Aistear the Irish Curriculum Framework places a thematic focus on communication and the value this plays in enhancing children’s development in Early Education, raising awareness toContinue reading “A Supportive Pedagogy; enhancing the Language of STEAM”
In 2010 I set up Úlla Beag, an inclusive outdoor green early childhood setting with a play-based pedagogy, delivered under the framework of Aistear. My aim was to provide the experience of an outdoor play environment similar to that in which I grew up; for both my own children and children in my locality, asContinue reading “Communities of Practice in the ELC Sector”
Underpinning STEAM concepts the natural way! Research from O’Doherty (2011) tells us that active involvement helps wire the brain; which in turn helps to enhance and reinforce concepts relating to STEAM education. This isn’t a new phenomenon, and in fact, if we think back as far as Piaget’s conservation theory (1968), we see indications ofContinue reading “Outdoor Environments”
“Maths doesn’t have to be boring“ Numeracy at any age doesn’t have to be tedious and boring, or for that matter limited to the indoors. There is much more to the emerging concepts of numeracy than learning how to count, or recognising the written number or doing sums. If you stop for a minute andContinue reading “Learning Numeracy the Natural way!”
Supporting basic concepts of the scientific mind. During a recent webinar session with students, I was somewhat surprised to hear their views on how children develop concepts in respect of science and technology in early education. The discussion itself evolved from something completely different, but it struck me that there is a lack of consistencyContinue reading “Science all around us!”
Very few people would say they don’t suffer from stress of some kind! Adults and children alike encounter stress in their daily lives and need to learn strategies to help them manage and bounce back from the curve balls and challenges which life very often throws our way. Stress can affect us all in differentContinue reading “MINDFULNESS AND STRESS MANAGEMENT”
Say no to Stigma: In recent years there has been a rise in societal awareness, and thankfully we have come a long way towards making much needed changes in respect of understanding, and accepting that mental health is something which the majority of us will experience in some shape or form throughout our lifetime. TheseContinue reading “Mental Health Awareness”
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