As a teaching practitioner, you spend a huge amount of time giving out to others and, hopefully, getting a great deal of joy from this. Seeing children grow in all sorts of ways is incredibly fulfilling. In order to sustain this commitment, you need to keep well. With the summer offering a little space, here are 10 top tips to help you maintain your energy levels, motivation and health.
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As educators we need to prepare children for the world they will inherit. We do so not with dire warnings, but by encouraging in children a sense of joy in the natural world, helping them to care for and respect it. With such delight comes a sense of the world’s precious nature and of our need to cherish it for others. Understanding this is the motivation for making small changes that will create more environmentally responsible settings.
While we all like to be beside the seaside, it’s not always conveniently near us! Bring the beach to your setting with these exciting ideas.
A Montessori nursery follows the philosophies and teachings of Dr. Maria Montessori. It is designed to take advantage of the sensitive years between the ages of three and five, when the child is most able to absorb information from his environment.
Many two-year olds will spend more time with you in your setting than they do with their own parents, so it’s important to provide a caring and supportive environment where your children feel they belong. It needs to be thoughtfully laid out as well as practical.
From birth, children continually explore and process every bit of new information, in order to make sense of the world around them. We think nothing of surrounding a baby with an array of tactile materials and resources, to squish, press, rattle, and put in their mouths but – apart from being fun – sensory play is beneficial for children of all ages.
We created a beautifully realistic set of six speckled eggs that contain 3 pairs of eggs with matching sounds, to help tune in children’s ears and to support their early auditory discrimination skills. But we understand budgets are tight and so, until you are able to get your hands on the ‘real’ thing, you may like to try making your own version below!
1. Egg rolling
What you need
- Plastic eggs that come in two parts
- A wooden slope
- Selection of small items: pebbles, construction bricks, pieces of modelling clay, marbles
- A digital timer
- Pens and paper
- A digital recorder if available.
What do you remember of your Reception experience? In the Yellow Door office, we recall toys we played with, friends we made, snacks we ate and the occasional embarrassing incident. Only one of us can picture a planned beginning to their school life following their Reception year: the sand and water tray they played in while staff met with parents. This was more about explaining than preparing or planning. The rest of us talked about the shock of moving to a more formal learning environment.
Children are born into a digital world in which technology moves at a rapid pace. In order to help them to navigate this environment, we need to be as diligent about teaching them the necessary skills as we are about other core elements of the curriculum.
One legitimate reservation about such teaching is that it will result in more screen time for children as they learn how to effectively use electronic devices and how to get them to do what they want.
This blog contains ideas that can be used with young children away from such tools to build up the skills and vocabulary needed for coding electronic devices. These have become known as pre-coding skills.