How we view children depends on our place in time and our culture. Children have been variously viewed as a source of labour, as the wide-eyed innocent, as creatures to manage or control, and as beings that need to be trained properly to become the “right” kind of adult.
by Marilyn Price-Mitchell, PhD. This article discusses the research of Dr. Dimitri Christakis, Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Washington. His studies link over-stimulation from early television watching to ADHD in later school life.
A while back, we set up a "science lab" in the outdoor classroom. Various shades of colored water filled bins upon bins in our dramatic play area. The children donned goggles and lab coats and set to work mixing the brilliant colors in beakers, funnels, measures, cups, basters, and more.
The Reggio teacher is unique because she offers herself to the process of co-construction of knowledge, she releases the traditional roles of a teacher and opens doors to new possibilities. She starts with the use of the child’s own theories, promotes disequilibrium, and helps the child to think about their thinking to facilitate new learning. (Seong Bock Hong 1998).
There has been a great deal of talk about what is appropriate tech use for young children in the classroom. Hot topics around who has access (economic), how to address fairness (gender, timing, ability) and what is quality technology (software, resources, support).
Sometimes the most amazing play stems from the simplest of things.
Today Minnie played with building bricks. Not the wooden cube variety, or even the plastic kind, but actual concrete bricks. We've had these lying around for ages, & today I thought I'd leave them in the garden just to see what Minnie did with them.