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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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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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