SUPPORTING CHILD INITIATED LEARNING

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Supporting Child Initiated Learning

Author : Sally Featherstone
ISBN : 9781408194188
Genre : Education
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Why is it that, when children play, some behave like butterflies, flitting around among the flowers of the activities on offer, landing for a moment before moving on to the next attractive flower (activity) while others behave with the single minded concentration of bees? As children grow and learn, they acquire skills through play and practical activities. This recently acquired learning is tenuous and is secured through practice, repeating the skills in different contexts, with different people. Only then will learning be 'hard wired' for life. It is now evident that where children are able to select resources, play companions and activities for themselves, they can practise emerging skills and concepts by selecting the resources they need and using them in ways which are unique to them. This book, written by a group of experts in early years practice, explores the place and purpose of child-intitiated learning in high quality early years practice. Child-initiated learning is a key feature of the Early Years Foundation Stage.
Category: Education

Child Initiated Learning

Author : Jennie Lindon
ISBN : 9781907241710
Genre : Education
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How to plan for an individualised learning journey with every child in your care. Covering how to plan and support each child through sustained shared thinking, this book will give you the skills you need to follow each child's interests and plan for engaging learning experiences. The book offers practical advice on: what is meant by child-initiated learning and self-chosen experiences, how observant practitioners are able to support children's learning, the importance of first-hand experiences for children and an interesting learning environment, flexible planning and documentation, in response to children's interests and skills and dealing with uncertainty and confusion about adult-led activities and group time.
Category: Education

Child Initiated Learning

Author : Ros Bayley
ISBN : 9781408125229
Genre : Juvenile Nonfiction
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Sally Featherstone and Ros Bayley, highly respected Early Years consultants and trainers, have written this book for practitioners working with children throughout the Foundation Stage. All the ideas are equally relevant in Nursery and Reception classes, pre-schools, children's centres, day nurseries and playgroups.
Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Child Initiated Play And Learning

Author : Annie Woods
ISBN : 9781136206214
Genre : Education
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Planning is central to the role of any early years practitioner and involves careful consideration of resources and the learning environment, learning outcomes, observation and assessment and the unique abilities of individual children. This is a big ask and in a busy setting it can be a challenge to adopt a flexible, creative approach to planning that embraces the unexpected rather than relying on templates or existing schemes of work. This book takes a fresh look at planning to consider the possibilities that should be encouraged when playing alongside young children. It shows how a creative approach that allows for spontaneous adventures in play through child-led projects leads to rich learning experiences that build on children’s own interests. Drawing on practice from Reggio Emilia, New Zealand , Scandinavia and settings in the UK, the book covers all aspects of planning including: using observations of children to enable them to lead projects; organisation of indoor and outdoor learning environments; inclusive practice; learning through risk taking and adventure play; working with parents and carers; encouraging the team to consider different ways of working. Including encounters from authentic settings and provocative questions for reflective practice, this timely new text aims to give students and practitioners the confidence to adopt a flexible approach to planning that will better meet the needs of the children in their care. The authors are experienced lecturers, practitioners, mentors and assessors. Working with students, visiting placements, training teachers and early years professionals, they provide a sense of real purpose in their writing and enjoyment in the themes made explicit throughout this book.
Category: Education

Children S Mathematics

Author : Elizabeth Carruthers
ISBN : 1412922836
Genre : Education
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This resource demonstrates how children's mathematical graphics reflect deep levels of thinking, and identifies this as the key to success in mathematics and higher achievement levels.
Category: Education

Starting From The Child

Author : Julie Fisher
ISBN : 0335235115
Genre : Early childhood education
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How can early years practitioners build on children’s competence and autonomy as effective early learners? How do adults get to know children sufficiently well to plan effectively for their learning needs? How can early years practitioners plan for high quality child-initiated experiences alongside more focused adult-initiated learning? Early years practitioners continue to face the dilemma of planning for the needs of individual children whilst meeting the demands of targets and goals set by government. In such a pressurized climate, it can be all too easy to go with what is imposed, rather than stand up for what young children need and are entitled to. In a practical and realistic way, the third edition of Starting from the Child supports practitioners in the Foundation Stage to be advocates for young children and their learning needs. Julie Fisher outlines the important theories and research which should underpin decisions about best practice. She offers meaningful and inspirational ways of developing appropriate learning environments and experiences for Foundation Stage children. Revised and updated throughout, the new edition includes: Latest research impacting on our understanding of early learning Reference to recent government initiatives such as the Early Years Foundation Stage An extended explanation of how to plan for child-initiated learning alongside adult-initiated learning A completely revised chapter on ‘The place of play’, with a new focus on different types and contexts for play, cultural influences and the role of the adult in supporting play Two new chapters on the observation and assessment of children’s learning, and self-evaluation for practitioners Starting from the Child is essential reading, not only for early years practitioners, but for all those who manage and make decisions about early learning.
Category: Early childhood education

Science In The Early Years

Author : Pat Brunton
ISBN : 9781446203538
Genre : Education
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Giving early years practitioners and students the confidence to effectively support scientific exploration and investigation with young children, this book explains the science behind young children's knowledge and understanding of the world. Linking theory to good early years practice, the emphasis throughout the book is on recognizing young children as competent, creative thinkers and building on their ideas. The reader is encouraged to think carefully about the role of the adult in supporting child-initiated learning and discovery by providing open ended resources, asking productive questions and observing carefully. The authors provide essential background information for all the key areas of scientific knowledge supported by practical ideas suitable for babies, toddlers and children aged 3 to 5 years. For each of these ideas, practice and theory are linked by highlighting the skills, attitudes and dispositions to observe and the questions to ask to challenge young children's thinking and plan for the next stages in their learning. Chapters cover: - the place of science in early years curricula in the UK - the processes of science and the role of the adult in supporting young children's scientific learning - using open ended resources to create a science-rich environment - essential background knowledge, covering all areas of early years science - ideas to use as starting points for exploration and investigation, indoors and outdoors - pointers for observational assessment and planning - suppliers of resources and equipment By making clear links to practice, and providing ideas to use with babies and toddlers as well as with 3-5 year old children, this book enables the reader to fully exploit the potential for exploration and investigation in any early years setting. Pat Brunton and Linda Thornton are both Education Consultants based in Cheltenham. They run their own training and consultancy company alc associates, and edit Early Years Update.
Category: Education

Organising Play In The Early Years

Author : Jane Drake
ISBN : 9781136599576
Genre : Education
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This book presents practitioners with exciting ways in which to deliver the foundation stage curriculum to young children through play in well-planned areas of provision. The author promotes good early years practice in accordance with "Curriculum Guidance for the Foundation Stage", drawing on her own experience as a nursery teacher. Ideas are workable and material is organized in an accessible way making the book an "easy to use" handbook for all busy practitioners and students. The book: includes chapters relating to particular areas of provision (for example sand, water, construction); offers practical guidance on organizing and resourcing the area; provides focused activity plans clearly linked to early learning goals; gives suggestions for managing and equipping an outdoor play area; and offers inspiring play ideas.
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Like Bees Not Butterflies

Author : Ros Bayley
ISBN : 9781906029760
Genre : Juvenile Nonfiction
File Size : 80.4 MB
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Why is it that, when children play, some behave like butterflies, flitting around among the flowers of the activities on offer, landing for a moment before moving on to the next attractive flower (activity) while others behave with the single minded concentration of bees? As children grow and learn, they acquire skills through play and practical activities. This recently acquired learning is tenuous and is secured through practice, repeating the skills in different contexts, with different people. Only then will learning be 'hard wired' for life. It is now evident that where children are able to select resources, play companions and activities for themselves, they can practise emerging skills and concepts by selecting the resources they need and using them in ways which are unique to them. This book, written by a group of experts in early years practice, explores the place and purpose of child-intitiated learning in high quality early years practice. Child-initiated learning is a key feature of the new Early Years Foundation Stage which will be implemented in September 2008.
Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Teaching And Learning In The Early Years

Author : David Whitebread
ISBN : 9781134095667
Genre : Education
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How can we help children to become independent learners? The third edition of this invaluable companion for Early Years practitioners provides a broad-ranging and up-to-date review of current thinking and best practice within Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1 education. Based on the basic truth that an effective Early Years curriculum must start with the children, this book focuses on their needs and their potential. The best teaching must have a strong element of fun, wonder and excitement: David Whitebread and Penny Coltman show how play is a crucial part of this. Each chapter combines a review of important principles with practical and inspiring classroom examples. This third edition has been fully revised and updated in light of the introduction of the Early Years Foundation Stage, and includes completely new chapters concerned with classroom organisation to support independent learning, outdoor learning, speaking and listening and mathematics in the early years. The authors review all major areas of the Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1 curriculum and a range of basic issues and principles, including: an analysis of current research into how children learn discussions of general issues such as classroom organisation, curriculum management, and assessment a detailed section on play and language chapters covering individual curriculum areas across all six Foundation Stage areas of learning and across the areas of the Key Stage 1 National Curriculum The book is essential reading for all Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1 trainee teachers, their tutors and mentors, and serving teachers working with children in the three to seven age range wishing to reflect upon and develop their practice.
Category: Education