Tuesday, March 27

LET US INSPIRE YOU ECE!






WHO IS TRICIA?

Tricia Kassotis is a retired school age program teacher turned college instructor from Ottawa, Canada.

She maintains her first love, the education of children, by teaching her students the importance of providing daily quality program planning to children.

She also tames the flurry of ECE programming into inspirational blog posts, ebooks, and social media sites and newsletters.

Having recently discovered Hygge, the Danish word for simple comfortable living, she's created #hyggechildcare;  mindful and purposeful programming in child care.


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MINDFULNESS AND PURPOSE IN EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION


4 AWESOME ARTICLE'S YOU NEED TO DOWNLOAD
 
       ·     7 Mindful Activities to do with Children
       ·     The Hygge Teacher. 10 Ways to Hygge your Day.
       ·     Sensory Rich Play Activities for Children
       ·     Creating Learning Stories…Easy Peasy!

Monday, February 19

HYGGE FOR CHILD CARE ENVIRONMENTS



First, What is Hygge?

Hygge, pronounced (hue-gah) is the Danish concept of comfortable and cozy living. 
Because winters can be awfully miserable and dark for much of the day, it's important to be able to come home to a warm blanket, a cozy cup of cocoa, a soothing fire and soft lights.

Hygge is the enjoyment of creating and celebrating beautiful moments of comfort, acknowledging special feelings of love and friendship, and enjoying the splendor in the ordinary.

HYGGE IN CHILD CARE is creating rich moments for children to enjoy themselves, with each other and their teacher.

It's teaching children how to enjoy and appreciate special moments and simple things.   
Hygge is appreciating the basics.  
The quite everyday things that build a meaningful childhood and life experience.


CREATE A HYGGE PLAYROOM


Use soft lights – turn off those overhead florescents!
Use a water diffuser with essential oils – put it up high if you have young children in the group.

Choose soft texture surfaces – faux fur and plushy blankets, soft knit cushions and pillows.
Create cozy spaces for play.  All those soft textures do not have to stay in the book corner.


Slow down the child care day – use fewer routines, have fewer transitions, and add more open free time for emergent inquiry play.

 

CREATE SOME HYGGE MOMENTS IN CHILD CARE

Make warm cookies and hot chocolate after outdoor play.


Use warm blankets and snuggle reading time.


Make snack together and unrushed eating time.  
Imagine making flower tea with school-agers … watching the flower buds unfold in the water ...

Home child care is the ideal environment for hygge but not impossible for centre based care too.  If you slow down the teacher's day, the child's day will naturally follow.


An unhurried teacher is an unhurried hygge classroom. 
 
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Sunday, September 24

WHAT IS A LEARNING STORY?



Learning Stories are a widely used technique to assess children’s learning in New Zealand's, Te Whāriki early childhood curriculum, child care centres.

The technique requires teachers to observe children and write narrative ‘stories’ to interpret the learning that is occurring in particular situations. A learning story is a written record of what an eduator has seen a child do, or what a group of children have done in the program.  

The written story can be as short as a one paragraph, one page or longer, but usually focuses on a specific incident or episode (like an anecdotal) or snapshot of time (i.e. 10 minutes at the art table) or a group activity (a nature walk or visit to the fire station).  

A record becomes a learning story when the educator adds their interpretation of the child's competencies and attitude toward learning (courage, curiosity, perserverance).

New Zealand educators match up the strands of their early childhood curriculum to the sotry to try to explain what the child (or group) has learned.  Other programs can match learning to their own curriculum, i.e. ELECT or How Does Learning Happen?  

  • A learning story generally captures a moment in time to illustrate the child’s learning. 
  • A learning story can also capture a child's learning over a longer period of time which provides a holistic picture of the child as a learner.



CREATE A LEARNING STORY IN 6 STEPS
It is essential to have at least one picture of the child, or group of children. However, more photos convey more of a story.
  1. BEGIN with something the child has taken the initiative to do. 
  2. DESCRIBE what the child does and says from your personal perspective; listen closely to discover what is happening. This is the heart of the story.
  3. USE a “What it means” to write about the significance of what was observed.   
  4. OFFER “Opportunities and Possibilities” to describe, as an educator what can be  provided next for the child or children.
  5. FINALLY, offer a blank page for the family to respond with their view.  Make sure to find a way to draw the family in (e.g. I am wondering what you would say to your child about this. What do you see happening? What delights you?)
  6. MAKE two copies of the story, one for the child and one to add to the child's portfolio.
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