Remember; The path of development is a journey of discovery that is clear only in retrospect, and it’s rarely a straight line. Eileen Kennedy via Chris Pascal (CREC)
Look deep into nature and you will understand everything better. Albert Einstein (spotted at Tots Corner Early Childhood Centre in Auckland)
It is a miracle that curiosity survives formal education. Albert Einstein
More than once he uses the metaphor of throwing and catching a ball to illustrate the dynamic of children’s learning: the ball is thrown from child to educator and back again, in a sequence of exchanges in which children and educators act as equals, co-constructing ideas and understanding.
Mary Jane Drummond (May 2008)
Self Activity; Children need to discover their own challenges and then solve them. When a child has an idea they have the determination to persist and learn so much in the process. Froebal
A thought…….While long-held beliefs about teaching and play have proven difficult to shift, the danger of allowing them to continue is all too real. If those in the early years sector continue to see teaching and play as separate, disconnected endeavors our future generations will continue to fall at the first hurdle.Teaching and play in the early years – a balancing act? Ofsted July 2015 p.5
Happiness is not an afterthought to be grafted on when we have grown up: it’s foundations are laid in childhood.’
P.Martin (2006) Making People Happy
Stand aside for a while and leave room for learning, observe carefully what children do, and then, if you have understood well, perhaps teaching will be different from before.
Loris Malaguzzi (Edwards et al, 2011, p.57)
No one knows as much as all of us.
McNicoll (2008 p.15)
The child’s world. It cannot, of course, be very easy for us to gain a clear idea of what the world is like to a very young child, just because it must be so different from our own. But by patient listening to the talk of even little children, and watching what they do, with the one purpose of understanding them, we can imaginatively feel their fears and angers, their bewilderments and triumphs; we can wish their wishes, see their pictures and think their thoughts.
Susan Issacs (1929 p. 15)
School is not a preparation for life – it is life.
Jerome Bruner 1915
I believe that education….is a process of living and not a preparation for future living. John Dewey 1859 – 1952