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graduation day part two

Preschool graduation days, part two

Preschool Graduation Last week, Danielle Bopping shared part one of this two-part reflection + advice article about the practice of early learning graduation ceremonies. In the first part, Danielle set the context for graduations through the ages and the dressing up – for adults and children – that accompanies them. That article looked at the […]

Handprint art - craft or craptivity?

Do you stand by the hand (print)?

Creative craft activity or craptivity? Another season, another round of educators vigorously sharing ‘so cute’ handprint craft activities in online professional groups, with an equally vigorous howling down from those opposing the practice as adult-directed and anti-children’s agency. It seems like a simple enough argument but the complications include this kicker frequently used by defenders of […]

Don't play with your food-

Don’t play with your food?

Ethical choices in early childhood settings Educators face many different challenges in their daily work, just one of these is the use of various play materials in our services. All of us want to offer children the widest possible range of experiences so we can support and foster their development. However, beyond providing that variety, […]

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