Is He Ready? – Prewriting and Writing Readiness

Is He Ready? – Prewriting and Writing Readiness

Is he ready? He’s starting to ask about letters. He’s starting to form circles and lines together. Does that means Jack is ready for writing? Something as fundamental as establishing a positive approach to learning and literacy weighs heavily on … Continue reading

Creative Therapy

Creative Therapy

Jack does a lot of therapy. Well, I guess it is all relative but I know that since starting Early Intervention Therapy, the way we play has changed completely. Whereas before I would think about activities mostly for fun, now … Continue reading

Coloured Chrysanthemums

Coloured Chrysanthemums

Are these chrysanthemums? I think they’re chrysanthemums. Dyeing flowers is just one of those quintessential childhood experiences, isn’t it? White flowers don’t stand a chance. They are beautiful but watching them change colour is fascinating and absorbing –¬†for me at … Continue reading

Reggio: Mixed Media Art – Exploring with Plastic Wrap

Reggio: Mixed Media Art – Exploring with Plastic Wrap

Art is a significant part of the Reggio Emilia Approach. However it’s not the creation of art which is the focus, it’s the use of art as a medium to represent children’s thinking, encourage investigation and experimentation; to make the … Continue reading

Pink Peppermint Playdough

Pink Peppermint Playdough

Time for some new playdough. While our Eucalyptus water playdough is still smelling divine, Jack decided to make a window mural out of it and then colour it in pink, soooo some new playdough was needed. He seems to have … Continue reading

Do You Remember Spirographs?

Do You Remember Spirographs?

I used to love spirographs! I didn’t know you could still buy the kits. I thought for sure they were one of those cool things that were firmly stuck in the 80’s. Then we were out shopping the other day … Continue reading

Reggio: Using Clay – Wire and Bead Sculptures

Reggio: Using Clay – Wire and Bead Sculptures

Jack attends a Reggio playgroup and will soon be starting at a local independent Reggio preschool. One of the first things I noticed when we started at the playgroup was the wealth of art materials available to the children; watercolours, … Continue reading