A Supportive Pedagogy; enhancing 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”

Science all around us!

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!”

MINDFULNESS AND STRESS MANAGEMENT

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”

Mental Health Awareness

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”

Counselling and Childhood Anxieties

As a parent you will know your child better than anyone else. So when you think there is something up, you are probably right. Perhaps your child is withdrawn, worrying more than usual. Perhaps you feel they worry a lot more than other children their age, or that they become anxious over things which shouldContinue reading “Counselling and Childhood Anxieties”

Social Competencies in Young Children

Definitions of Socio-emotional skills and social competency are seen as being different to IQ or intelligence, however, it is important to consider that these skills do interact with intellect, and this should be given consideration when measuring outcomes and abilities to build and maintain relationships.  Socio-emotional competency is further defined as the skills which helpContinue reading “Social Competencies in Young Children”