Passive Play vs Active Play Toys in the Early Years

Passive play vs Active play with toys in the early years, what’s the difference? When children are playing they want to be engaged, developing different skills, sparking their imagination. Children are naturally curious they like to explore, experiment the world around them. Have you ever thought of the type of toys you have contribute to the…

Play, Play, Play let our children play!

Amazing with all the research in the world a majority of the school systems still have an emphasis on academic learning and not experimental learning which is learning by play, experiences and just fun.

Dirt is good, less screen time, more play time

Dirt is good, less screen time, more play time is quite a powerful message, with a new  marketing campaign from OMO Arabia. OMO are making a bold statement below with United Nations article 31. “Most parents are breaking this child’s right every day. #rightoplay ”  As parents we need to reintroduce play especially to offset the…

Are we Teaching our Children to Think in the Early Years? 

Recently I attended a education conference where the following topic kept coming up ‘Are we teaching our children to think?’ In a presentation by Yong Zhou a Professor in the School of Education, University of Kansas, mentioned “Singapore results for education is the number one system around the world according  to their results with the standard…

‘Learn by Play’ Benefits of Educational based toys…

“Learn by play” has become a cliché, but it’s also become one of the most controversial subjects around the world among educational researchers and academics. Have you ever stopped to watch how children interact/engage with their toys? Which toys do they enjoy playing with most. Which ones last the longest? Which ones are always recycled…

How do children first learn coding – Onscreen or Offscreen

Where do children learn coding?  Do you realise by the time a child has come to school, attended a coding class they have already started, learning coding through their active play in the early years. How you ask, well let’s think about what coding is, breaking it down, it is patterns or  complex algorithms. This is…

Early Years More Hands On, Less Screen

Recently I was sent a brilliant picture of how kids injuries have changed from when they grew up years ago until now. Over time from being outdoor accidents to a more technology based. Quite funny, however scary as well! Lately all we hear are the buzz around technology, Technology is the future of education, Technology allows…

Inclusion of all – Early Years Education

Let’s sit and think, what does inclusion for all actually mean for us as parents, educators even sports coaches and friends. As a parent and educator inclusion to me is allowing every child be part of the activities, in a safe supported environment. Educating my child it is ok for people to have different beliefs,…

Early Years Maths, Experiential learning vs Academic learning

In a meeting this week,  I heard a great analogy from an executive teacher “Do you want to snorkel or scuba dive when teaching’.  (Funny enough it also was communicated from my son’s school a few days ago re: curriculum and assessments.) Meaning do you want students to have an in depth understanding (scuba dive)…

Teaching a Child to Love Learning

Why does it sound funny to say “teach a child to love learning”? These days, parents with school age children are so competitive: after-school activities starting from a young age, reading book levels always being spoken about and compared, who is the best or doing the most. I wonder if this is really helping our…

Success in Our Education System is more than just Academic Learning!

‘Education systems can help people lead happier, more fulfilling lives by teaching them to be aware of their thoughts,  emotions and behaviors’ say Sir Anthony Seldon. This quote I came across when researching educating students for  life.  Many countries education do extremely well with academic learning, standardized tests and exams especially throughout Asia with curriculum…

Technology Founder’s Children Restricted With Technology

There has been lots of debate online about technology, our children and Steve Jobs, the late, great tech guru and founder of Apple. Specifically, he did not allow his kids to use iPads at a young age.      We all ask what is the reason? Why did the founder of Apple feel it necessary to…

Understanding STEM in Early Years!

The big buzz in schools curriculum is the acronym STEM. Lets look at breaking it down, finding out what it really means in the early years. Academically speaking STEM is an acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths. It is a focus on these areas simultaneously. Not only because the skills and knowledge in each discipline are…

Outdoor Play in Early Years

Whether it is winter, summer, spring or autumn there are always amazing activities that children can explore outdoors in the early years.  Children are on holidays around the world and it’s a great time to get them playing in the backyard, at a park, beach, forest, mountains or just in the local square.  It’s a part…

Messy Play in the Early Years!

With October being #sensoryawareness month lets look at messy play. There is nothing better than seeing children be free to explore, experiment through messy play. The learning opportunities are endless being creative, using their imagination and generally challenging themselves. Whether it be playing inside with bubbles, shaving foam, flour or outside in the sand and…

Reactionary Parenting vs Parental Interactions in Early Years

An interaction vs a reaction between an adult and child, whether it be a parent, teacher, nanny, family or friend is a subject that is vital to appreciate. The first interactions between a child and adult will build a rapport for how they will continue to treat each other in the future. Are your interactions…

Lets Build Resilient Children in the Early Years

Lets talk about building resilience in children especially in the early years. Resilience is one of the most important social skills children can learn in their early years. When a child falls over generally a parent assesses the situation if not serious proceeds to say ‘pick yourself up, keep playing’. It has a stronger meaning than…

Let’s Play in the Early Years!

What’s more fun than the freedom of running in the park, balancing on one foot, jumping up and down with your friends. Whilst inventing new games to play, using your imagination to take you to wonderful places in the park, backyard, beach, swimming pool, playground, classroom and many more. Using all your senses (sensory/tactile play)…