Young children growing up in diverse contexts primarily identify with their schools!

Young children growing up in diverse contexts primarily identify with their schools!

This blog post was contributed by Johan De Wilde (ODISEE).   “We are the giraffes’ class, but miss Monique is the beavers’ teacher.” In this quote ‘we’ refers to a group of five-year-old kids in a pre-primary school in Belgium.

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.

How to prevent children’s challenging behaviors in early childhood education

How to prevent children’s challenging behaviors in early childhood education

This blog post was contributed by Carla Peixoto (inED). Preschool teachers often worry about how to manage children’s challenging behaviors, such as throwing objects, disrupting other children’s activities, hitting, etc. While in some cases challenging behaviors are brief and easy

A horrid brat in class? The story of a 3-year-old child of parents with a mental illness

A horrid brat in class? The story of a 3-year-old child of parents with a mental illness

Once again Jip has hurt a child in the circle. For the third time in one week. While the teacher is reading aloud, Jip starts yelling, making it nearly impossible for the other children to follow the story. When teacher Jill tells the boy to stop shouting, he looks at her defiantly. “No, I won’t stop”, three-and-a-half-year-old Jip says in a self-assured way and he simply continues. In a mere couple of weeks, the toddler has turned into a badly-behaved child.