Learning Mathematical Language Through Play

We are always going on about the AMAZING benefits of play for our little ones and there are SO many reasons why. Through play we are developing fine motor strength, social skills when playing with others and then there is all the incredible knowledge we can soak up through scaffolded play-based activities.

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STEM in the early years classroom

STEM. What do you think when you hear this word? The long green part that holds a flower? Well, you are aren’t wrong, but in the education realm this term encompasses a huge array of learning opportunities!

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Why do we Love Play Dough?

Is this a trick question? What’s not to love right? Well…perhaps your carpets and rugs don’t particularly LOVE play dough (tip: let it dry, use a scraping type implement to scrape out and then brush it up with a dustpan and use baby wipes for excess. Yes, we have learnt the hard way), but we promise it is incredible stuff!

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The Role of Role-Play

We have created a space where free play, guided play and gentle instruction come together for the amazing learning benefits of our children and there is so much research that backs up our philosophy and learning approach. Within the realms of play-based learning, our amazing role-play set ups sit proudly.

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How to Create an Engaging Small World

If you hadn’t already noticed, we love ourselves a small world. The imagination, creativity and wonderful conversations that go on when our little friends are completely engaged in a small world setup is priceless, not to mention the INCREDIBLE skill set they are developing.

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Encouraging a positive self-image in our preschoolers

This week we read the gorgeous book ‘Thelma the unicorn’ by Aaron Blabey. If you haven’t read this book, I encourage even the adults to have a squiz. With its self-love theme supported by a hilarious story line and consistent rhyme, this book is a favourite amongst our Sprouts.

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Rhyme + Rime - What is the Difference?

So, we have all heard about ‘rhyme’ but what is ‘rime? There is a very important difference. Rhyme is what we hear. During this story we could hear so many words that have same sounds in them for example: each + peach, plum + thumb, cupboard + Hubbard. These are all examples of ‘rhyme’ BUT not all examples of ‘rime’.

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