Outdoor Environments

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”

Learning Numeracy the Natural way!

“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!”

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!”

Digital Natives

Technology literate children In recent years there has been a change in understanding regarding young children and technology. I have long since been an advocate for technology in early education, believing that our children as the citizens of the future should be encouraged to use technology in different aspects of their lives. Children of todayContinue reading “Digital Natives”

A Day in the life of a Green School

Author Denise Sheridan MA Student Ulla Beag was set up in 2010 as an inclusive green school, with a Play based pedagogy, delivered under the framework of Aistear.  The 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 the localityContinue reading “A Day in the life of a Green School”

Professionalisation a critical issue

– An Early Year’s professional crisis in an urgent quest for professionalisation? (Author: Kellie Duggan – MA Student) As an early years manager/owner of several rural ECE settings in Ireland, I felt quiet strongly that the answer to the above issue was very straight forward – “The sector needs to be acknowledged for the workContinue reading “Professionalisation a critical issue”

Breathing in Nature

What a better way to help manage anxieties and stresses of life, than to engage with nature. Sit back and imagine a cool breeze, breath deeply and let that fresh sensation engulf you, and almost immediately you can feel the stresses seeping away, recoiling to uncover realities of the moment, you are grounded. Now rememberContinue reading “Breathing in Nature”