“We value space, to create a handsome environment and its potential to inspire social, affective and cognitive learning. The space is an aquarium that mirrors the ideas and values of the people who live in it” – Loris Malaguzzi
DREAMS…..we all have them, we all have the special one we hope will come true.
In April we encouraged the children to dream big and take on the world. We asked them all different things about their dreaming
In February the staff delved into what we could do to build meaningful relationships with our families in the centre. Different things we looked at were (more…)
Looking for some outdoor play toys for daycare, or home? Do you often wonder what new shiny toys you can buy for the children at home or childcare?
There is no need to spend big dollars on plastic fantastic or even purpose made children’s toys that get used a few times and then forgotten about. Why not pull out those left over pavers you have hiding down the side of the shed and let the children explore with them along side the leaves and trees.
The children at Ballajura childcare Centre had some great fun with some old pavers and here is what will they learn from this……..
- mathematics skills – counting, shape recognition, weight, pattern, problem solving
- social skills – working as a team
- language skills – communicating ideas
- science skills – material matter
- creative skills – texture…………………. and many, many more
Next time you are looking at what you can get for the children to play with, look no further than your garden.
Happy recycling and learning.
So I’ve taken the advent calendar one step further. I’ve decide to include a children’s christmas craft activity everyday for the whole family to participate in. I want our children to enjoy preparing for this special time of the year, but I also want them to think of others less fortunate than themselves so I have added in some activities to make sure this happens.
My families 24 days pre-Christmas look like this
Experiencing the joy my children have reading books, it got me thinking………. What are some books out there they should read? What books to read to children? (more…)