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Timbernook – Respectful risky play in the forest

October 1st, 2018

“This place is good. You get to climb on things, and there’s fun things (looks up at rope swing), and you get to make new friends.” ~ Overheard at Timbernook (11 year old boy) I spent some time at Timbernook during the PA day last Friday. Timbernook is the outdoor division of Compass ELC. What...

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Passionate, Caring, Creative – The Reggio Way

September 19th, 2018

I’m two weeks into my new position as the new Communications Coordinator for Compass, and I finally got out to my first program visit. I visited the Peterborough centre, and the calm and loving environment is what struck me first and it was so neat to see the Reggio Emilia pedagogy that I’ve bee...

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Loose Parts, Free Spirits

Loose Parts, Free Spirits

March 23rd, 2018

“In any environment, both the degree of inventiveness and creativity, and the possibility of discovery, are directly proportional to the number and kind of variables in it.”  – Simon Nicholson, Architect In our classrooms the materials we offer are the variables, and the children are the ...

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How do we manage the cold and flu season blues?

October 18th, 2017

As we move into the beautiful colours and crispness of October, the inevitable season of colds and flus also begins. In early learning and child care environments, this season poses a dilemma for both parents and child care educators. Just like families, we believe that the best place for a sick chi...

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Adapting to New Spaces

Adapting to New Spaces

July 7th, 2017

  At the Prince of Wales Summer Camp, we are beginning our summer as educators with curiosity. We are in a new location this summer, at Queen Mary Public School, and we are curious about how our new environment will affect our camp community; how will the children and families use our space, wh...

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Again! Again! Again! Play that Builds the Brain

Again! Again! Again! Play that Builds the Brain

June 13th, 2017

Have you ever wondered why young children repeat behaviours over and over? Why they want you to read that book, again and again? Why they love the act of filling and dumping, filling and dumping? Why, just as you are putting the laundry away in their drawers, they are pulling it out?  The answer is...

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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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