As we continue to live in difficult times, stories can be a way to help young and old to find understanding, reassurance and hope. As young children navigate unusual circumstances, sharing picture books can be a way to help with themes such as friendship, fear, loss, love and change.
The Yellow Door Blog
Lockdown came upon us all suddenly! Loss of the normal routines and rhythms of life, maybe loss of jobs and income, perhaps the death of loved ones – along with the fear of catching Coronavirus – has meant we were plunged headlong into a corporate grief and trauma. We have all seen and have most likely experienced some symptoms of grief at different times throughout this period: shock, denial, anger, sadness, depression, and a level of acceptance.
I read a very interesting article the other day that challenged the use of the term ‘social distancing’ to describe our relationships with others outside our household during the current coronavirus pandemic. The article maintained that the term that should have been used by Government was ‘spatial distancing’ because the aim is not to distance ourselves socially from people but to distance ourselves physically from them in order to avoid putting ourselves at risk.
As plans are put in to place for children to return to early years settings, there are many issues to be worked through: social distancing, hand washing, hygiene, risk assessments, the rearrangement of space and the selection of resources.
This range of maths resources has been selected with parents in mind, as they play and learn at home with their children. They all work well for one-to-one learning and are designed to be taken outdoors too!
What is self-regulation?
Self-regulation is the means by which we control our responses to a situation. It involves understanding our emotions and developing strategies to manage them. It also incorporates being able to think a problem through and plan how to approach it.
Lorraine George, author of Growing Together: 50 inspiring ideas for intergenerational learning, chooses resources from Yellow Door that bring the elderly and the young together.
Creating space for a mud kitchen in your setting will have a significant impact on the learning of the children in your care. If you need convincing of this, read on! If there are others you need to convince, here is what you need:
Why rhymes and songs are so important in the early years
Nursery rhymes and songs are wonderful! Not just because they are fun and engaging for young children, but because they can make a real difference to children’s language and literacy. Research suggests that children who have a good understanding of rhyme do better in their literacy than children who have poor skills in this area.
In the villages around Cambridge – Yellow Door’s home, residents know harvest is happening when they hear tractors rumble by, see farmers putting their combine harvesters to work, and haystacks appearing in the fields. The fruit and vegetable stalls in the city market fill with autumnal produce: a celebration of hedgerows, orchards and fields.