Blooming Curious explores teaching strategies for early childhood classroom and home educators to keep young children curious - integrating inquiry, nature, and play based learning in children’s everyday experiences to foster a lifelong love for learning. Get inspired to ignite kids' sense of wonder and curiosity by integrating inquiry-based learning into your everyday lessons and simultaneously equip kids with the skills they need to navigate an ever changing world, while you reignite your passion, and even meet curriculum requirements. Tune in every week for tried and tested tips and resources to help kids stay curious and wondering with your host Edwina Cottino of Ed’s Lessons. Click subscribe and feed your curiosity.Check out podcast episodes at https://edslessons.com/bloomingcurious/ and sign up to the Blooming Curious newsletter for strategies and resources to keep kids curious and loving learning. Check out the website at www.edslessons.com for blog posts and resources.
Ep 15 How to Nurture Keen Observational Skills in Kids to Help Them Learn
In today's episode we explore how educators can encourage children to observe the world around them. Observation is the key that sparks curiosity! We talk about how we go about developing observation skills and the strategies that we can employ to get kids curious. Things like modelling, questioning, how to look for answers and even a bit of soul searching to ensure that we are setting a good example of what a curious person looks like.For all the details including links mentioned in the episode go to https://edslessons.com/how-to-develop-keen-observational-skills-in-kids/
Ep 14 The Power of Observation: A Guide for Teachers
Observation provides teachers and educators with powerful data and insights to inform their teaching, and make decisions about what's best for their learners. In this episode I explore different types of observations and provide some strategies to assist classroom and home educators to collect observations easily.For all the details, links and downloads go to https://edslessons.com/the-power-of-observation-a-guide-for-teachers/
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Ep 13 Exploring the Benefits of Loose Parts Play with Ashleigh Sharp
Today on Blooming Curious we welcome Ashleigh Sharp. Ash is a former early childhood classroom teacher and now the founder of Play More, a business focused on the importance of letting children play freely with loose parts. The loose parts mindset enables children to be trusted, to be creative without adult interference, and lets kids (and adults!) learn as they play. Ash talks about avoiding controlled environments and letting kids’ imaginations take over, helping children develop and nurture creativity and problem solving skills. We discuss strategies educators can take to incorporate loose parts into their indoor and outdoor settings and the benefits of loose parts play on academic performance. We chat about Ash's home schooling journey and how the power of loose parts is impacting the way her own child learns.For all the links and the full transcript of the interview go to https://edslessons.com/exploring-the-be…loose-parts-play/
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Ep 12 Setting up an Outdoor Learning Environment for Children
The outdoor environment has the potential to be an extraordinary learning space that sparks curiosity and wonder in our children. The outdoor setting offers unique learning opportunities that can't be replicated indoors. In this episode we we unpack the secrets to crafting irresistible outdoor learning spaces and explore the keys to designing outdoor spaces that spark curiosity, foster creativity, and make learning an unforgettable adventure.For all the details, links and downloads go to https://edslessons.com/setting-up-an-ou…ent-for-children/If you like the show please consider subscribing and sharing, and leaving a review, this is the only way this show can grow and benefit more educators and children.
Ep 11 How to Create an Inspiring Indoor Learning Environment
Explore the art of creating an inspiring indoor learning environment that fosters curiosity and nurtures holistic development in early childhood students. In this episode we explore how we as both classroom and home educators go about preparing our indoor space for deep child centred learning. We explore the benefits of a neutral colour pallet, organisation, setting up different learning zones, how to foster executive function skills in children, the best materials and provocations for sparking curiosity and wonder and how to include children's agency in our learning spaces.For all the links and downloads mentioned in the episode go to https://edslessons.com/how-to-create-an-inspiring-indoor-learning-environment/If you like the show please consider subscribing and sharing it with others, this is the only way this show can grow and benefit more educators and children.
Ep 10 Scheduling for Inquiry-Based Learning
In this the third episode of the Getting Started in teaching series, we explore timetables and scheduling in the early childhood classroom, including how to integrate inquiry-based learning into our daily teaching schedules, and the benefits of visual timetables.As educators, we need to find the time to include all teaching areas into our already overcrowded weekly schedules. In this episode we explore how to schedule non-negotiables, and integrate inquiry, so that we can meet multiple curriculum outcomes making learning more relevant for students, and simultaneously meeting curriculum demands.For all the links and downloads mentioned in this episode go to https://edslessons.com/scheduling-for-inquiry-based-learning/If you like the show please consider subscribing and sharing it with others. Thanks!