benefits of arts and crafts for children's learning

The Benefits of Arts & Crafts for Children's Learning & Development

From early mark making with chunky crayons and finger painting to using play dough and clay to create figures or objects. Children's fine muscle strength and dexterity develop through creative and open ended play. They learn to tell visual stories using their hands and this then supports their language and literacy development not only through school, but life. 

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What are We Famous For?

What are We Famous For?

What are we famous for at Sticks & Stones Education? I have a business mentor and one of the things she has been suggesting for years is that...

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The Most Quotable Quotes about Play & Learning

The Most Quotable Quotes about Play & Learning

I have always loved quotes. When I was much younger and an avid reader .... or rather I had the time and space to be an avid reader. I would dive into the world of words and collect quotes that reminded me of characters I'd loved or wisdom that I felt would guide me in life. 

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Our New Look Website for 2021

Our New Look Website for 2021

Three years ago in March 2018 I built a new website, and in March of 2021 I felt it was time for a change.   I have been meaning to update the webs...

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Theorist in the Spotlight: The Reggio Emilia Approach - Loris Malaguzzi

Theorist in the Spotlight: The Reggio Emilia Approach - Loris Malaguzzi

The Reggio Emilia approach was based on Loris Malaguzzi’s methodology of teaching.  It was established during the post World War II era in Italy in which the country had the strong desire to bring about change through economic and social development, especially in the field of education. Schools were opened across the countryside to support children in overcoming the trauma of war.  In fact, the approach is named for the region of Italy where the schools began: Reggio Emilia. This movement was driven by parents and community members with a strong desire to better the world for the children of their community. 

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Theorist in the Spotlight: Maria Montessori

Theorist in the Spotlight: Maria Montessori

Maria Montessori played an integral role in modern early childhood education

Redefining the gender norms of her time, Maria Montessori is an Italian physician, who was the first woman to graduate as a doctor in Italy. She faced significant scrutiny from her peers  where she was isolated in her practical classes. This resulted in her having to practice on cadavers after hours, as a woman being in presence of a naked male body was frowned upon. However, despite these challenges she graduated with honours in 1896. 

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Developmental Milestones: The One Year Old

Developmental Milestones: The One Year Old

When children celebrate their first birthday, they are entering their second year of their life. They go from sitting independently to crawling to standing with support to walking, or toddling independently. So much physical change emerges during this milestone year, which in turn impacts their social, emotional and cognitive learning. They may become more independent and like to do things in their own way and their own time. They are driven to learn, and this drive only increases as they become older, heading towards their second birthday aka 'the terrible twos' (Hint: they're not terrible, they're just misunderstood and often misrepresented!). 

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Fabulous Free Printables for Preschool

Fabulous Free Printables for Preschool

I thought I would gather a curated collection of some of the wonderful resources I have been using in my play-based preschool classroom and put them all together here in a handy dandy easily accessible resource! This service to be a collection for me, but also a useful link to share when the question is asked again! 

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