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Day One – Literacy Rich Environments
The more fun a child has learning new words, the more likely they are to carry on using them. Practitioners who have a good understanding of child development and use effective strategies to promote every child’s communication skills are the best resource any setting could hope for. Add to this a cacophony of provocative resources and spaces and adventures begin.
How do we ignite a passion for word play? What is there in our play spaces to invite a child to talk spontaneously with enthusiasm and excitement? The intentional selection and use of materials is central to the development of the literacy rich environment.
Day Two – Curiosity, Enquiry and Investigation
Children are born naturally curious. They should be eager to investigate and enquire about the world they find themselves in. It is therefore our job to offer a world of fabulous play to ensure they feel safe and are confident to act on that natural instinct to be curious.
The world is packed with sensory information. Bright lights, traffic noise, chatting people, the scents and aromas of foods, the feel of the sun or the tickle of the rain. We now know that even before birth children learn about the world by tasting, touching, smelling, listening, looking and moving around.
In fact, children best develop their enquiry by actively participating in the world. Babies wiggle their fingers, toddlers repeat sing-song words, children explore and experiment when offered the opportunity. Through each of these activities, children learn to process sensory input and they discover how they fit in with the world.
This will be a totally practical day. There will be many practical play experiences set up for delegates to explore, reflect on and develop.
Cost; 1 day = £120 + VAT or 2 days for £160 + VAT per delegate
New DVD by Alice Sharp
A new DVD by Alice Sharp has been released.
Buy it now at Wonderbox.
“Learning Nuggets with Alice Sharp”, makes some of the best practical advice on play and learning in pre-school children available for the first time on DVD.
Included are 10 sessions of around 10 - 15 minutes each with an accompanying workbook for you to print and use for reflection on your own activities.