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Posts from the category: Emergent Curriculum

The ABC of Child Care: E is for …

E is for… Early Education and Emergent Curriculum Often when parents are looking for a child care centre place for their baby or young toddler they are mostly concerned about the standards of care which will be afforded their little one. This is a perfectly reasonable priority for children so … [Read more...]

Playful Learning: A Continuum of Play

Playful Learning- A Continuum | Childhood 101

Yesterday I talked about my frustration at society's incomprehension that young children learn best through play. What I think we sometimes fail to appreciate is that there are different types of play. I see it as a continuum; At one end, there is 'free play' where children are completely free to … [Read more...]

Why do we keep ignoring this message?

Young children learn through play. I was recently reading this article from The Australian newspaper, Dangers at play in uniform preschool learning, warning parents and educators about the push down pressure of formalising early childhood education and the potential for negative impacting … [Read more...]

How Does Following an Interest Differ From a Theme? Understanding Emergent Curriculum

Childhood 101 | Understanding Emergent Curriculum - How Does Following an Interest Differ From a Theme

Following my posts, Following Children's Interests and What Happens When You Follow a Child's Interest?, I wanted to clarify the ways in which following a child's (or group of children's) interest differs from learning about a given 'theme.' I consider there are two major differences Who … [Read more...]

The Hundred Languages of Children – Understanding Emergent Curriculum

Childhood 101 | Understanding Emergent Curriculum - The Hundred Languages of Children

The child is made of one hundred. The child has a hundred languages, a hundred hands, a hundred thoughts, a hundred ways of thinking, of playing, of speaking. A hundred, always a hundred, ways of listening, of marveling, of loving, a hundred joys for singing and understanding, a … [Read more...]

What happens when you follow a child’s interest? Understanding Emergent Curriculum

Childhood 101 | Understanding Emergent Curriculum - Following A Child's Interest - A Learning Story

In my last Emergent Curriculum post, I promised to share a story about the difference exploring a child's interest can make to the learning potential of the child. This is the story of 2 1/2 year old Henry. Henry wasn't one of those children who stood out from the crowd. He wasn't loud or overly … [Read more...]

Following Children’s Interests – Understanding Emergent Curriculum

Childhood 101 | Understanding Emergent Curriculum - Following Children's Interests

‘Interests’ are subjects, ideas, things, topics and events which fascinate and stimulate the curiosity of the child. Within an Emergent Curriculum educators use ‘interests’ of the children, families, community and themselves as the substance of the learning program. Selected interests are then … [Read more...]

Parents Participating: Understanding Emergent Curriculum

Childhood 101 | Understanding Emergent Curriculum - Parents Participating

Research consistently shows that parental involvement maximises the effectiveness of early child development programs. The importance of strong family:centre partnerships cannot be underestimated when it comes to developing an Emergent Curriculum approach, after all the family is the richest source … [Read more...]