One of my first posts focused on talking about feelings with young children. All those principles apply here and for children who may be returning to school or early years settings there are likely to be a lot of questions and new feelings. Here are some thoughts on the usual process I would apply to … Continue reading How to: help children to adjust post-lockdown. 3: Talk about worries and health.
When children move from one big chunk of life to another, we call it a transition. Transitions are hard, for children and adults, because things change and some things can be unknown. This transition features new routines and expectations that neither parents nor children are familiar with. I will write more in my next post … Continue reading How to: help children adjust post-lockdown. 2: Practical, playful preparation.
We know we have an incredible career. Having the skills to develop young people's minds, bodies and souls is one of the most rewarding things a human being can do. Spending your days laughing, playing and learning with people who are filled to the brim with potential is a joyful job most of the time. … Continue reading Thank you to my colleagues.
I recently worked with global colleagues on an article advocating for play at the heart of our recovery from the pandemic. Parents have a huge role to play in ensuring schools have the authority to lead with wellbeing and play at the heart as we transition children back into school life. We have some difficult … Continue reading How to: help children adjust post-lockdown. 1: Prioritise play.
Yesterday I talked about some of the ways that pretend play can help child development. Playing doctors is very popular with young children. It's also a good chance to talk about health and nutrition in general and address any concerns about COVID-19 in particular. Our story to start the day features flying doctors: Julia Donaldson's … Continue reading Doctors
Plenty of research shows that pretend play is a great way for children to develop reasoning, social and 'learning to learn' skills. Children get deeply involved in pretend play and it is especially helpful for them in processing and expressing feelings about real situations in a safe, pretend environment. What is pretend play? Simply, it … Continue reading How to: learn with pretend play
Deepening knowledge is really important for young children to master what they have learned. We have looked at farms and cows - today it's all about sheep and wool. Spring is a great time to find out about lambs. Watch Down on the Farm: Lambs and Sowing the Seeds. Talk about what you saw. What … Continue reading Sheep