Music is not often emphasised in the Australian early learning framework, which instead focuses on free and child-led learning exercises as opposed to rote learning, repetition and reading notation – the fundamentals of a musical education. However, the role of music should not be underestimated in teaching children fundamental skills. A music-centric education can be … Continue reading The Role Of Music In Early Childhood Learning
Teaching creativity and self expression is achieved in early childhood education through artistic pursuits such as music, drama and art. These mediums are important in that they teach children how to manifest their imagination and because they can have positive contributions to learning other hard skills later on in life: like science and maths. Early … Continue reading Artistic Pursuits In Early Childhood
One fundamental lesson of the Early Years Learning Framework instructs early childhood teachers to focus efforts on understanding and developing the interests of children as they participate in play time. It’s an interesting point of contention because formal or rote learning in this area has been shown to deliver little to no benefit to children. … Continue reading Should Early Childhood Teachers Extend Children’s Interests?
One Australian early childhood education organisation has recently developed a survey which promises to engage with members of staff in the early childhood education sector and reveal their attitudes and beliefs when it comes to promoting reconciliation and teaching cultural awareness of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture. The survey was designed in-line with evidence … Continue reading Promoting Reconciliation and Cultural Awareness
The period of transition from preschool to school is one fraught with difficulties. A new routine, new classmates and new teachers can sometimes bring out the worst in kids. When your child is about to finish their early childhood education and commence their formal schooling, it helps to be supportive and considerate of the changes … Continue reading 5 Ways To Support Your Child In The Transition To School