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Stages of Play Info Graphic

Today I made an info graphic to share the stages of play. I think it will be a great point of discussion with families when we talk about the learning that goes on in our class.
I'm also hoping that it can be shared in the learning community by other professionals.
Mildred Parten's record of the stages of play is a great and straightforward framework in which to explore children's social development through play and to communicate the complex and important skills children develop through unstructured play.

Belonging and Connectedness Article

Part of my Continuous Professional Learning journey this year has been to keep developing a sense of belonging and inclusiveness in my program. I found an article while doing some research tonight and wanted to share it as I feel it would be a beneficial read for any child care provider.

A sense of belonging isn't just important for children, but also for families as a whole; this portion of the article especially spoke to me and my goals to continue to build strong partnerships with families:

"Working together to care for children is the best way for early childhood services and families to support children’s mental health. Families and staff can help to create a bridge between home and early childhood services. When the adults responsible for children take a positive interest in what happens at their service, it helps children feel more at home when they are there. It also makes it easier to pick up any concerns early when they are easiest to resolve."

I'm really p…

Promoting Social and Emotional Learning in Preschool: Programs and Practices That Work, by Karen Bierman

Professional Learning Plan

Instructions Review your Self-Assessment Tool. Reflect on the three professional learning goals you have identified. Research and brainstorm learning activities that support you in realizing your goals. Complete the Professional Learning Plan below.  Professional Learning Goal #1 Build and strengthen relationships with other professionals and colleagues to facilitate community partnerships in order to benefit and support children and families.
Professional Learning Activities & Timeline Network with colleagues in Facebook groups to support others in their practice and learning journeys (ongoing).Continue developing NEED KW with Lesley; a directory to showcase and support high quality independent child care providers in the Kitchener-Waterloo area. (ongoing)Collaborate with our music and movement instructor to do a music and movement program at the seniors home in the spring (May, 2018?)Conduct workshops/webinars for home child care providers to support the growth of their programs…

Self-Assessment Tool - Part 3 - Professional Learning Goals

Instructions Begin Part 3 by reviewing your responses in Part 1 and 2. Complete the chart below by identifying three priorities for your professional learning over the next two years. For each priority, indicate the related standard(s). Next, develop a professional learning goal for each priority and ensure that the goal is related to the standards identified for that priority. You will work toward these three goals during this two-year portfolio cycle. Consider creating goals that are: Specific Measurable Action-oriented Realistic Timely First Professional Learning Priority Build and strengthen relationships with other professionals and colleagues to facilitate community partnerships in order to benefit and support children and families.
Related StandardsStandard I: Caring and Responsive RelationshipsStandard IV: Professionalism and Leadership Professional Learning Goals Working collaboratively with other professionals in my field and across a variety of disciplines.

Second Professi…

Strengthening Inclusive Early Childhood Programs with Music Therapy Strategies