The Awe and Wonder of Light (and Dark).

Alistair Bryce-CleggChild Initiated Learning, Creativity, Environment, Talk2 Comments

The Awe and Wonder of Light (and Dark).We talk a lot in the Early Years about the concept of Awe and Wonder. Two fairly small words that promote some huge emotional responses. When words are used a lot, they can sometimes come to lose their meaning and be used in situations that don’t do them justice. But true moments of awe and wonder can have significant impact on children’s engagement with their environment and their potential for learning. Although awe and wonder are similar, they are not the same. We will often talk about being ‘in awe’ of something which means that we recognise its grandeur and see it as greater than us. We might be in awe of someone’s … Read More

Jedi Writing and Mark Making Laboratory

abc doesBoys Learning, Creativity, Jedi Writing, Mark Making12 Comments

 I have been using Jedi Writing for a long time now and I know a number of schools have had success with it. For those children who are really into pink and sparkly and not light sabres, there is also Sparkle Writing which uses a wand! This intervention is for children who can recognise and hear the sounds that they are attempting to write. It is based around good old sky writing just with a few differences! You know the scenario, you have a child who is keen to write their name but is still palm gripping and their orientation is all up the spout! They are VERY enthusiastic and keen to get going and this is where your dilemma … Read More