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  • Assessing and Scaffolding Make-Believe Play - Deborah J. Leong and Elena Brodrova

    From the National Association for Young Children's free online downloads.  This article discusses the importance of play and in particular dramatic play to children's social and literacy development.  It also provides a really interesting breakdown on the five developmental stages of c...

    Tags: literacy, drama, play, social competence. tag_names:subjects: social competence, play, literacy

  • Relationship Between Young Children’s Nursery Rhyme Experiences and Knowledge and Phonological and Print-Related Abilities

    This article, by Dunst, Meter and Hamby, examines research investigating nursery rhymes and literace noting:  "Results showed that the nursery rhyme measures were related to both phonological- and print-related literacy outcomes, and that nursery rhyme experiences and knowledge proved to be...

    tag_names:subjects: play, literacy

  • Puzzle play helps boost learning math related skills

    This short web article describes research investigating puzzle play of 2-4 year olds has found that children who engage with puzzles are more likely to develop better spatial skills at age 54 months.  The study also found that boys tended to engage with more complex puzzles than girls and we...

    Tags: maths, play, puzzle

  • Heuristic play and treasure baskets

    Justine Mason, CORE Education, March 2012 Heuristic play and treasure baskets have become a popular part of the infant and toddler curriculum in Aotearoa, New Zealand. The ideas and principles of heuristic play and treasure baskets appear to sit comfortably alongside the New Zealand Early Chi...

    tag_names:subjects: infants and toddlers, play, infants and toddler resource

  • The Natural Environment

    Thanks to Early Childhood Australia for sharing the link to this video clip on Facebook.  It is very inspiring to see the natural environment being used by the students at the Galilee Catholic Learning Community.  They have certainly thought about the potential of the natural envir...

    Tags: natural environment, play

  • Breaking down the Silos: Connecting across the sectors

    Tara Fagan argues that with the growing interest in The Maker Movement in schools, this is an ideal time to be actively seeking cross-sector engagement and collaboration. <iframe src="" wi...

    tag_names:subjects: play, pedagogy, video

  • Toddlers and very early learning - Jennie Lindon

    From The British Association of Early Childhood Education - "The power of toddler thinking".  Some good ideas and developmental concepts around toddler learning - a good article to share with parents also. 

    Tags: infants and toddlers, thinking, play, development. tag_names:subjects: social competence, infants and toddlers, play, numeracy, literacy

  • Beyond Quality in Early Childhood Education and Care – Languages of Evaluation

    This 2008 article by Moss and Dahlberg considers quality in ECE: "We live in an age of quality. Every product and service must offer quality;every consumer wants to have it. In this historical context, quality has becomereified, treated as if it was an essential attribute of services or produ...

    tag_names:subjects: play

  • Moving Bodies, Building Minds: Foster Preschoolers’ Critical Thinking and Problem Solving through Movement

    This Young Children article considers using movement to building critical thinking and problem solving skills.  The authors provide examples from practice and strategies.  The authors conclude: 'Creative movement activities foster critical-thinking and problem-solving skills ...

    Tags: movement, play, interaction, cognitive. tag_names:subjects: play

  • Assessing and scaffolding make-believe play

    Leong and Bodrova have outlined the importance of well-developed make-believe play in early childhood education.  In this article from Young Children, Leong and Bodrova note how important it is for teachers to become involved in this play as children no longer have the same access to gain th...

    Tags: play, cognitive, scaffolding, socio-cultural, dramatic play,