To act or not to act? That is the question

To act or not to act? That is the question

To react and solve the conflict between children or to let them face the problem on their own? Where is the line between promoting children’s autonomy and maintaining order and harmony in the group? Joanna, an ECE professional from a

1st grade is about to start – And now? Building a portfolio to support children’s transition

1st grade is about to start – And now? Building a portfolio to support children’s transition

This message was contributed by Manuela Sanches-Ferreira, from Escola Superior de Educação, Instituto Politécnico do Porto.   When Manuel is upset, he throws a tantrum, cries and tosses objects, he may even hit his class mates. He is impatient, and

Self-regulation in crèches

Self-regulation in crèches

Toddlers are experimenting with clay and water. Katie is building complicated waterways using plastic blocks. Her younger friend Anna looks at it in silence. ‘What are you doing, Katie?’ – the teacher asks. ‘The water is flowing fast!’ Placing her

Three online tools to support young children in a multilingual context

Three online tools to support young children in a multilingual context

This blog post was contributed by Helena Taelman (ODISEE). It takes a village to raise a child. This saying is particularly true for young multilingual children growing up in a diverse context: they thrive with the support of their families,

Loose Parts Play and Developmentally Appropriate Practice

Loose Parts Play and Developmentally Appropriate Practice

You have probably come across images of loose parts via social media groups and pages that boast wonderful pictures of intricate constructions and balanced mandalas, coined together with pretty loose parts. Loose parts are becoming popular elements in early childhood settings for a variety of reasons; one of them: to offer developmentally appropriate practice.

7 tips to make shared book reading even more beneficial for dual-language-learners

7 tips to make shared book reading even more beneficial for dual-language-learners

Preschool teachers are at their best during book reading activities, when it comes to posing challenging questions, and taking the discussion outside the here-and-now. We want our young dual-language-learners to share in these experiences and make them even more beneficial. I distilled 7 tips from her inspiring talk by researcher researcher Vibeke Grøver at the Equality & Inclusion conference in Utrecht in November 2019.

Do we ask too simple questions during shared book reading?

Do we ask too simple questions during shared book reading?

This blog post was contributed by Astrid Cornelis (Thomas More) Shared book reading reportedly promotes language proficiency, provided that the children are sufficiently challenged. The questions we ask play a crucial role in how much children will get engaged in