Friday, December 30, 2011
Monday, December 26, 2011
Saturday, December 24, 2011
Wednesday, December 21, 2011
While we all used our sight to see the rain falling, these children took it one step further and used this sense to judge how to best hold their respective receptacles in order to catch some of the rain.
Even without wet weather gear there are countless ways to enjoy playing in the rain. I for one will try to remember to child within next time it rains and go for a frolic in its refreshing moistness.
Friday, December 16, 2011
A while ago I stumbled upon an online petition http://www.change.org/petitions/jeff-bezos-amazon-ceo-refuse-to-carry-books-which-advocate-the-physical-abuse-of-children. I read the petition with mounting horror and disgust. Here was Amazon, a reputable company with whom I have spent thousands of dollars, selling books that advise parents to whip infants as young as 4 months old with implements like willow switches, rulers and whipper snipper cord. For slightly older infants and toddlers they recommend paddles, belts, “the rod”, flexible plumber’s conduit and tree branches.
A Little About Alec
Alec is a qualified early childhood educator with a Bachelor of Social Science (Children Studies) who worked in long day care until 1998.
He then started Child’s Play Music which provides hands-on, play-based music education incursions to schools and child care centres in Perth Western Australia. These programs enable young children to freely explore a huge range of homemade instruments through play.
Wednesday, December 14, 2011
Sunday, December 11, 2011
Thursday, December 8, 2011
I would like to present the following distinguished early childhood bloggers with their own special award from Males in early Childhood. I call them the Global Early Childhood and Kinder Osmosis (Gecko) Awards.
Juliet Robertson from Creative Star Learning has a blog entitled I'm a Teacher, Get Me OUTSIDE Here! As you can probably gather from that blog title Juliet is a strong advocate of children experiencing the joys and wonders of outdoor play. Juliet introduced me to the Forest Schools in Scotland and the extraordinary learning that takes place in these environments. A Forest School has now opened in Australia, in Melbourne. My hope is that they continue to spread across the country, or at least lead to like minded services to spring up. Afterall, if Scandinavian and Scottish children can play all day in freezing temperatures, snow, wind and ice then surely a bit of rain or high temperatures should be no barrier for Australian children.
Vanessa Levin at Pre-K Pages.
Leeanne A at Kreative Resources.
Laura Eldridge at The SEEDS Network.
Jamie Reimer at Hands on: As We Grow.
Margarita Woodley at Red Ted Art.
Ayn Colsh at Little Illuminations.
Deb Chitwood at Living Montessori Now.
Sunday, December 4, 2011
To mark the end of Movember I deccided to colour my moustache orange before heading into work. The children were faascinated by my new & unusual appearance. This lead to some face painting with the following results.