Permission Granted

abc doesBoys Learning, Child Initiated Learning6 Comments

Asked everyone concerned and all are happy for me to blog. Used this at a staff meeting tonight and it made for interesting discussion. Yes, I could have said 'well what could you use to stick it?' and my lovely TA could have let the little boy find out by trial and error that he had not put 'the sticky side down' but what I always say to staff is to look at the whole picture – if you took EVERY learning opportunity in a session then an activity may well lose momentum. See what you think.  P.S. Check out my TA's coordinating observation bag and assessment book and pen in hand!! Both of my TA's are really embracing my thinking … Read More

two little boys… build a tunnel

abc doesBoys Learning, Child Initiated Learning, OutdoorsLeave a Comment

Today was officially great!  The children are still coming in a few at a time but the ones who have been in for a few days are really starting to feel at home and use the environment independently. They did some brilliant outdoor work with the bread trays and plastic covers. In the couple of hours that I was out there the area was everything from Tia's sausage butty shop to a pirate ship complete with planks for walking! All of this with minimum adult intervention. If we had themed the outdoors as a cafe or a house we wouldn't have got such diverse opportunities for play. I have got some big plans for outdoors but we are starting with … Read More