When Friedrich Froebel gave his cousin a set of wooden blocks for her two young sons as a present and asked her to observe how they played with them, he gave us two gifts in one – a practical resource designed for children’s learning and free play and an invitation to observe and reflect on...
Now is a good time to familiarise ourselves with Froebel’s original ideas, and to use them to challenge inappropriate practices used with our youngest children.
The Japanese tradition of wabi sabi has much to offer as we look to create a more thoughtful and sustainable way of educating our young children. Traditional Japanese design has long been associated with a simple, uncluttered, minimalist aesthetic. Clear spaces, natural substances and a limited...
Childhood is a time for, well, childhood! It’s not a preparation for school or adulthood. It’s a time for allowing children to go at their own pace, giving them the time they need to explore, manipulate, discover, and practise newly acquired skills.
The kinds of traditional play that children have done naturally for generations is still at the foundation of the work that we do, and need to do, with children. We have the wisdom of the sages through the ages, but we also have the wisdom of the children right here, right now.
Unlike the pleasant, clattery noise of children’s laughter and play, a clattered physical environment is disruptive to children. Clattered environments are mentally noisy causing children’s thought patterns to be interrupted, and resulting in children being unable to optimally function in the...
Kindergarten is a time for the full flowering of the imaginations of children, the time for “mature role play” as an engine of mental and social-emotional development.
Throughout the world there is a growing concern that children are being exposed to a range of cultural pressures that may be damaging to their long-term health and wellbeing. How can we ensure we are promoting the form of adult life that we value and wish to perpetuate?
I really believe every child should have the opportunity to experience woodwork – for many children it is the key that unlocks their learning.
Children's play tells family members and early childhood teachers so much about development.