Haven’t been here for a while…because so much has been going on! So, what’s new?
Sometimes we try a few new things at once. Inspiration hits us from a few angles and putting plans into action takes time with planning and sourcing. Love it!
The Chatter Matters conference locally gave us the inspiration to start home learning bags. A zip lock A4 bag with some learning resources for families to use at home. Information for parents on areas of learning are enclosed to inform parents how amazing play is for learning. A short easy feedback form will help us to monitor how effective it is. Exciting!
One of my staff went on a course a while back, and was keen to investigate online learning journals. The ones we investigated we didn’t much like, until on Twitter (@EYTalking) Tapestry kept coming up. So we took a closer look, and after a free trial we will sign up. Again it puts parents in the picture as they cannot only follow, but contribute and reply to observations. Observations and photos can be uploaded from a tablet quickly and easily, saving so much time. Clear guidelines have been given to staff about its use and policies put in place to cover safeguarding and safe use. Permission slips have been obtained from parents, who seem very keen! Putting ideas into practice takes time and thought, but in Early Years, you can never stand still.
The @EYTalking Tuesday chats (8.00-9.00 Tuesday evenings, term time) one of my staff joined me, and we were inspired by transient art. This was hosted by http://stimulatinglearning.co.uk @hilarywhite3 on Twitter. What’s great about transient art, is most of us will be able to start this with what we have in the cupboard and add to resources later. Transient art as I understand and use it, is fluid art with carefully chosen objects for children to create pictures, sorting and moving the parts for their creation. Nothing can go wrong, because you can change it. Boosts self-esteem and engages all children. There are no barriers, the activity translates to all languages, genders and abilities. Enjoyed by all in the setting and shared with parents on the facebook group page.
So some pretty amazing things are going on at my Sparkling Pre-Schools at the moment. So exciting when we go on new ventures together.