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Design an active learning classroom for children with developmental delay

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Design an active learning classroom for children with developmental delay

How to design an active learning classroom for children with developmental delay When most of us went to school many years ago, we were often told to sit still, be quiet, listen to our teacher, and take notes from the blackboard.   Back in the day, it was assumed that a quiet classroom, with chairs laid out all in a row, was a sign of quality education and strong learning outcomes. However, when I see children with developmental delay sitting in these learning environments, they may be struggling to sit still in their chair, find it very difficult to not call out...

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What makes children school ready? How do I know my child is ready for school?

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What makes children school ready? How do I know my child is ready for school?

What makes children 'school ready'? How do I know my child is ready for school?   This is a question I get asked every week from playgroups, kindergartens, and early learning educators. As a mum of 3 children, I understand how hard it can be to know whether our children are ready for school or not. In my own experience, my oldest daughter was physically and academically ready, but not socially ready. My son was academically ready, but not physically or socially ready.   As a parent, we just want to try our best to give our children the best...

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What is w-sitting? How to reduce w-sitting.

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What is w-sitting? How to reduce w-sitting.

What is w-sitting? W-sitting refers to the seated position whereby children sit with their feet resting behind their bottom. It is termed 'w-sitting' because the legs make a W shape when viewing the child from a bird's eye view. My concerns about w-sitting are: The core muscles are 'having a holiday' while a child sits in this position because the legs are holding the upper body up against gravity instead of the core muscles It is difficult for a child to transfer their body from this w-sitting position into a crawling position (compared to being in tummy time), learn more...

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Pipe Cleaner and Play Dough Fine Motor Activities

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Pipe Cleaner and Play Dough Fine Motor Activities

Pipe Cleaner and Play Dough Fine Motor Activities My favourite pipe cleaner activity for encouraging fine motor skill development is creating characters with play dough and adding hair with pipe cleaners and beads, or tooth picks and beads. Why is this play dough and pipe cleaner activity important? The main elements for pincer grip are to use the thumb, first finger, and second finger to grasp small objects such as a pencil, bead, or button. For the first three fingers to be able to maintain a pincer grip, the fourth and fifth fingers need to stay clenched and out of...

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Screen time in our kindergarten classrooms - surely it's unnecessary

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Screen time in our kindergarten classrooms - surely it's unnecessary

Screen time in our kindergarten classrooms - surely it's unnecessary I apologise if this offends anyone, but I feel concerned about smart devices and tablets being used in our children's kindergarten spaces.   As I type on my laptop with my smart phone sitting next to me, I appreciate the positives of technology. Technology for me has helped me to build my business and stay connected with my friends and family.   However, I can't seem to understand the need for screens to be used in our kindergarten classrooms.   Yes there are fantastic apps that teach children their colours, shapes, numbers,...

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