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How do we support children when a friend moves away?

How do we support children when a friend moves away?

May 12th, 2017

How do we support children when a friend moves away? Here is a beautiful example from our Victoria Graduate Program to our newly opened Millbrook Program: Educators involved: Sam Deyell, Sandra Jack, Robin Gallant and Dianne Traynor   Name tags with photos are used daily in the classroom. Liam&...

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Visionaries Inspiring Us Through Imaginative Play

Visionaries Inspiring Us Through Imaginative Play

March 9th, 2017

“…the capacity to imagine alternative possibilities and to work out their implications emerges early in the course of childhood development and lasts a lifetime” (Harris, P. L., 2000. The Work of Imagination: Understanding children’s worlds. Wiley-Blackwell.) I notice the children using thei...

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The Terrible Plop

The Terrible Plop

February 23rd, 2017

Developing early literacy skills is a very important part of our day in the preschool and toddler rooms at Compass ELC Shamrock. From weekly visits to our local library to daily interactions reading together in large or small groups, books have led to wonderful learning opportunities. The children i...

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Engaging Our Hearts and Minds

February 7th, 2017

“Engagement refers to a state of being genuinely involved and interested in what one is doing.  Optimal conditions for learning occur when we are fully engaged.” – ‘How Does Learning Happen?’ Ontario’s Pedagogy for the Early Years, pg 35 We believe in infants’ desi...

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Reading Our Emotions

January 26th, 2017

Early childhood educators believe theory can inform our practice, and we also believe that our work can inform the development of theory. One of the most important roles of an early childhood educator is to move into each day with this curiosity and say, yes I believe this to be true, or on the cont...

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Developing a Sense of Self: Byron as a Contributor

December 8th, 2016

” High-quality early childhood programs play an important role in supporting children’s developing sense of self, autonomy and competence. A safe environment that offers consistency and continuity as well as graduated support for children’s growing independence and capacity for sel...

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More Than Just A Game

November 29th, 2016

While walking out of Rogers stadium, Ethan asked me “Did we go to the game because of me?”, to which I replied, “We sure did Ethan.” That shared moment said it all. “There is now an explosion of knowledge that tells us that healthy development cannot happen without good relationships betwe...

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Parents as Partners

November 10th, 2016

“Families know their children best and we believe their contributions are essential to their child’s learning and development.” – Parents as Partners is one of seven guiding Pedagogical Themes at Compass Early Learning and Care In September of 2015 we received news that Garnet, a child w...

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The Life of a Chair

November 3rd, 2016

Moving, for many of us, can be a stressful event. We look back and reflect on memories made and time spent in our favorite spaces which is comforting, but can make it more difficult to leave. And often it forces us to face the painful reality of purging items we may not want to discard. […]...

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