We live in one of the most culturally diverse countries (and cities) in the world and we hear many different languages being spoken every single day. While it may be difficult, speaking to our infants and toddlers several languages from birth will have a profound impact on their futures.
It's finally that time of year, the weather is warm and nice (not really yet but fingers crossed soon). Its time to dust off your barbeque grills and unpack your summer gears. Yes my friends, after 10 or so months of winter, summer is finally here! And with summer comes a crazy busy schedule filled with family functions, festivals, backyard pool parties, and vacations. While it all sounds amazing, it is important to keep the foods we are feeding our children consistently healthy and delicious (not just delicious!).
Music and movement are very important aspects in the development of a child during the years of their early education. Both music and movement allow a child to develop their language and physical domains through an exploratory play-based outlet, which allows children to develop an interest for a skill at their own pace. Music and movement allow a child to be creative and express themselves naturally.
The environment being the “third teacher” in Reggio schools is something I really take to heart in my own classroom. For those of you who are unfamiliar with the term, it basically means that the classroom space, school and outdoor areas are also a teacher; they have a lot to say about how we view the children, what children are encouraged to do, and what we should value as a school community. So how should educators structure their “third teacher” so that it best facilitates learning, growth and exploration?
The first childcare experience is a major milestone in every child's life, but it is often accompanies with a lot of fear and uncertaintly. From our many years of childcare experience, we have come up with tips to help make the transition to the childcare setting smoother for your little one (and for you!)
The concept of risky play has gained some popularity and traction in Ontario in the past few years, as research has continued to reveal the plethora of benefits it delivers. From increased conflict-resolution skills to a lower obesity rate, parents, educators and policy-makers are all slowly trying to incorporate various levels of risk into children’s active play - but what does it entail?
“Every child should have mud pies, grasshoppers, water bugs, tadpoles, frogs, mud turtles, trees to climb. Brooks to wade, water lilies, woodchucks, bats, bees, butterflies, various animals to pet, hayfields, pine-cones, rocks to roll, sand, snakes, huckleberries and hornets. And any child who has been deprived of these has been deprived of the best part of education.”
Luther Burbank (American horticulturalist and botanist, 1849-1926)
My absolute favorite thing about quality Reggio programs is the use of what we call legitimate materials - real items and materials that invite care, questioning, open-mindedness, and promote eventual expertise.