Welcome to my blog about my experiences working in early childhood. I have called it Nurturing Forests because I believe that raising children is not a isolated activity but takes a whole community.

As early childhood professionals, we are actively involved in this process but we also need to work closely with the children, parents, community as a whole and other allied professionals.

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Monday, January 31, 2011

But Why? Settling new children into the centre

I had a new starter today in my classroom. This is a bit of a rarity as our 2-3 room is much bigger than our preschool room so typically the children move up from the younger room.

This particular new starter is very bright....
  • Child: I want to go to the pool (it was over 30 degrees)
  • Me: Why don't you have a drink of water?
  • Child: But why?
  • Me: Well we don't have a pool
  • Child: But why?

  • I am hungry I want to have lunch now
  • Me: we will soon can you wait?
  • But why?

  • Me: I am going on my break I will be back soon
  • But Why?
  • Me: I need to have some lunch
  • But you have already eaten (true, i had the kids lunch)
  • Me: Well I need a coffee...
  • OK, I am starting to feel sad....
With this particular child talking her issues through seemed to work, after resolving each concern she would proceed to go on and play with the other children - but it doesn't always....

sometimes its alone time, or a special toy, or a particularly strong interest, or talking to parents/carers on the phone, or spending all day with a particular carer

I know (the brilliant) Sherry and Donna over at Irresistible Ideas for Play Based Learning (www.playbasedlearning.com.au) have been talking about the playscapes they create to settle the children in such as water.

What do you use to settle your new arrivals into your classroom?

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