(på svenska efter bilderna) Just before Christmas the news here in Sweden reported how children from the age of 6-7 were no longer interested in toys and were wanting other things... It made me reflect on how my own children suddenly stopped playing with toys shortly after starting school due to the peers they mixed with... it was like cold turkey. One day dolls, lego etc the next they were put in boxes as if they were ashamed of them... Their new friends at school were into
This post was first written while I was in Jenin, Palestine, holding play workshops. What I did not realise then when I wrote it was that it would inspire a whole series of posts labelled "The story of.." based on the fact that when we tell our stories we need to be aware that they are our own perspective... and to be a part of a sustainable world where social sustainability is an important part of that, we need to consider the other stories... that we see the same event in d
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Six years ago I started the International Fairy Tea Party as a tool for adults to step into the world of play. I often feel that adults tend to have an intellectual or emotional relationship with play from an adult perspective reminiscing on their childhood - or discussing with others about what is play really.
The idea is that the tea party is a reason to experience play and imagination again.
I see some educators struggle with the idea of fa
I am no fan of templates, colouring books and the like - I would much rather encourage the children to create from scratch - in much the same way I would much prefer to provide home-made food cooked from scratch than prefabricated food... BUT this post is to try and explore creativity from the perspective of children rather than from our own adult point of view. To do this I decided to go back to my own childhood, to root around in my own memories and how templates influenced
Today in Sweden we celebrate 100 years of the right for the general public to vote - prior to that only 19% of the (wealthy) population had the right to vote. Of course this did not mean women... that decision was made 6 months later that they too had the right to vote. Sadly in Sweden this voting business has not gone so well for us this year... as we had elections in September and we are still without a government, because none of the political parties received enough votes
This is a post I have been thinking about writing for some time after reading a comment that preschoolers are not capable of metacognition... and yet I have seen young children thinking about thinking... and using it to their advantage. I would say that metacognition features strongly in young children's learning... it may not always be verbalised the way adults are used to being able to recognise it as metacognition.
For instance children, from the very start, observe and
Choosing what to call my blog was both difficult and obvious at the same time. Coming up with a meaningful name is not so easy when there are so many great blogs with names that you would have liked to have used yourself - but when I thought about what it is that is important to me the choice became obvious... IMAGINATION - is considered "a power of the mind," "a creative faculty of the mind," "the mind" itself when in use, and a "process" of the mind used for thinking, sche
Sustainability is a part of the Swedish preschool curriculum... it is also an important part of our shared future on this planet of ours... images of Wall:e sometimes come into being as I think about sustainability and we consume... I include the trailer for those who have never watched the film abut how mankind left earth because it was overrun by rubbish and left it to the robots to clean it up... So in our quest to create a sustainable preschool and teach sustainability to
For the last 15 months I have had the great honour to have been a part of the board of children that Gästrike Vatten started as a way to not only find out more about how learning about sustainability and water can be made more accessible for children, but also to get children actively involved. I was brought on board (pun intended) because of my work using the philosophy with children approach. I have written about philosophy with children many times over the years, and I hav
(på svenska efter bilderna) Why is it that some play is more valued than other kinds of play? Why are some kinds of play actively discouraged? is it because the play is dangerous, or bad or is it because as adult there is a tendency to feel threatened by the play... that the play is chaos, that as adults we lose control? Rough and tumble play is a form of play that often gets discouraged, and yet as a child it was one of my favourite kinds of play - it was also the play form
First written 30 October 2017 (på svenska efter sista bilden) During the last few days I have encountered and participated in discussions and dialogues about child-led play and adult-led play... and usually the "adult-led" play is being somewhat looked down on...
And I get it... there is a lot of adult interference, and adults controlling children (of all ages) - in preschools and in schools...
But I just don't see play as this black and white... and I also think that it i
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We often talk about engaging children in inquiry, learning through projects... but what does all this mean?
what is an inquiry when talking about education?
inquiry means - the act of asking questions... and also an inquiry is an official attempt to discover the facts about something.
This means we need to start with curiosity.
How do we get the children intrigued? How do we get them to ask questions? Most children are very capable of aski
Learning Journey Right now I am sitting on a train on my way to see my daughter, who is attending high school on the other side of Sweden. The things that happen when your dream is to study marine biology!
But sitting on this train has got me thinking about the phrase I often use... "learning journey" and also reflect on a facebook interaction yesterday evening with Mats Olsson about "following instructions" and their connection to the Swedish preschool curriculum.
it is the season for a whole array of traditions and celebrations around the world.
So I thought I would do a top five activities...
since I see this sort of thing being done by many others...
But this one will be with a slight difference. It is not about doing specific arts and crafts... but about experiences that help you and the children understand, enjoy and explore the holiday/s you are celebrating.
Taking the time to find out what
For me art and creativity have always been a central part of learning, and there are lots of posts here on my blog that you can read to explore (most being on the blogger site). I have frequently said that just about the whole of the preschool curriculum could occur in the art studio/atelier.
Like philosophy, for me, art is not an event, it is an integral part of learning, and very much an essential part of "original learning". The children and I learn things through art, n
Yesterday I held a play workshop for the educators from Jenin, Palestine and some of the educators of Filosofiska preschools. it was an opportunity for experiences to be shared and to learn from each other... and to explore play...
The day started with a dialogue... exploring what "PLAY" means to each person... and then what "MAGIC" is... (the magic part as these educators will also be participating in The International Fairy Tea Party)
After this they were given the chal
Stockholms Pedagogiska Vägg (Stockholm's Pedagogical Wall) is designed for children to get creative in the public space... a space for children to leave their mark, their ideas, their imagination - not for a long time but for a while, as the wall is painted over and over very much like the Together Paintings I have described before.
It is a wall that is forever evolving. A place to come as an individual, or a family or together with a preschool or school or fritids (after s
In 1973 Michael Ende wrote the book "Momo" - it is about a girl with the ability to tell stories, to capture the imagination and for play - it is also about someone who can REALLY listen... a child that creates an almost time-free zone through play and listening. The grey men are time stealers... they make everyone work hard in order to "save time" to do the things they like later... of course later never comes. Momo becomes their enemy... she cannot be convinced to save time