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March 23, 2018

Loose Parts, Free Spirits

“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 creators, the inventors, the constructionists and innovators. Their imagination […]

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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 child is home with […]

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July 7, 2017

Adapting to New Spaces

  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, what interactions […]

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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? 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’s name appeared one day and the […]

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“…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 their imagination and creativity in fabulous ways every day at the Compass ELC North […]

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February 23, 2017

The Terrible Plop

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 in our preschool classroom show an interest […]

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“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’ desire to, and their capabilities of, having deep engagement with one another. […]

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January 26, 2017

Reading Our Emotions

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 contrary, […]

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In May 2015 I was fortunate to be chosen by Compass ELC to take part in a Canadian Study Tour that took place in Reggio Emilia, Italy. To say that this experience was life altering would be an understatement. From the moment I stepped off the plane I knew the coming week would change my […]

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