Collaborative Partnerships: Supporting Parents to Enhance the Language of STEAM

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”

Communities of Practice in the ELC Sector

 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”

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”

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”

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”

Building Resilience during Covid-19

For most of us living in Ireland our days have become ones of monotony and isolation, with no access to friends, and limited engagement with family. If you find yourself working from home, you now not only have the normal challenges of meeting the work requirements and deadlines, but also need to juggle children, engageContinue reading “Building Resilience during Covid-19”