As you can see, The Play Coach started writing long before the idea came to me this time last year. That's right, The Play Coach is one year old today!! 🎂🎉 A lot has happened in the past year, here are some highlights - check them out if you missed them! 💫 June Play Challenge 30 … Continue reading Happy 1st Birthday!
Today is my wedding anniversary! Paul and I have been together for a total of thirteen years now (what?!) and four years ago we flew from England to get married in New York City. Eighteen months later we flew from England again to live in Arkansas for Paul's work. A LOT of stuff has happened … Continue reading Love Is All You Need
I've been reading lots of comments from preschool teachers recently that, on reflection, make me wonder why some educators find it so difficult to display the kinds of traits we want to see in the children we work with. Traits such as compassion, understanding, empathy and a sense of curiosity. It also makes me wonder if … Continue reading Compassion, Connection & Curiosity – Unlocking the Magic of Childhood
What if I told you I use the same tool for strengthening behavior management, improving family engagement, and for promoting self-care amongst educators and their colleagues? What if I told you it was 100% free? Would you be interested? Read on if you are intrigued… When your mood is low, you are more likely to … Continue reading “You Get What You Get and…” I’ll Help You Handle Your Disappointment 😊
It's the weekend! 🎉 Friday counts, right?! 😅 What are you going to say YES to this weekend? 👍 Have you planned in some time to PLAY? 🌈 This weekend I am moving house 🏡 I will definitely plan in some playing time with my four cats 😻 😻 (see their own Facebook page HERE!) 😻 😻 so they … Continue reading Big Kids Wear Light Up Shoes Too Y’know…
What will you wonder this weekend? 🤔 Children have a natural ability to do this and I feel as we grow older we lose this as we are surrounded by work commitments, daily chores and to-do lists and the general every day busyness of our adult lives that can weigh us down 😢 We need … Continue reading Wonder vs Information
Hopefully you are here because you already know that children learn best through play. Your next thought might be, 'What is my role as a childhood educator then if children are supposed to learn from playing?' One role we take on is that of observer. That may sound counter productive at first - aren't teachers … Continue reading Observation in Early Childhood Play