Early Years Wales : ‘Smalltalk’ article in Spring Issue (March Publication, 2020)
It has been a real treat to see how our collaborative student project on The Lost Words has been so well received and the interest and support that has been shown by many organisations across Wales. Recently Early Years Wales (EYW) published an article in ‘Smalltalk’ on the students collaborative work, which is shared with EY practitioners across Wales. It explains how The Lost Words teaching toolkit came into being and the stimulus that prompted the students to create and develop it, in order to support holistic delivery of the curriculum. Seeing it in print in an national magazine made me feel so very proud of what the students have achieved.
The outdoors really does afford our children great opportunity for development in so many ways, thorugh physical as well as social and emotional aspects of development and not least of all to learn to care for nature – because if we don’t encourage our children to reconnect with nature and to understand its significance in our lives , then who will ?
In times like this where COVID19 seems to be in charge, and reducing us to something very small on our planet, its perhaps a good time to reflect on those other small things that we take for granted everyday , …birdsong in the garden, the spring flowers just opening up with their dazzling colours and amazing details and the appearance of our beautiful butterflies. These are the sorts of things that we have become disconnected from in our busy lives, but which can bring such pleasure to simply ‘look up’ and notice them.
We might even be inspired to look them up to find out their name so we can identify them . Knowing what things are called can reconnect us , help us to be more thoughtful of that living thing and to care for its place in the world, helping it to be sustainable.
The outdoors really does afford our children great opportunity for development, both physically and in social and emotional ways, but not least of all, to learn to care for nature – because if we don’t encourage our children to take notice and to care , then who will ?
If you are looking to glean some inspiration or simple ideas to do at home with your family at this very challenging time , then please feel free to download the toolkit and take from it any ideas you might like …… nothing like making ‘Dandelion Goop Cupcakes’ when the sun is out …. there is a lot of learning to be had in that fun activity – check it out here ……Toolkit of thematic plans and lesson ideas