Taking steps towards the eco-minded child

Published by Alix Marschani on 28th July 2020 at 9:11 am | No Comments

Making time for environmental issues in the school day is hard when the set curriculum dominates time. But eco-issues interest this generation. This has been seen, for example, in their responses to reducing plastic in school. Whilst I organized the action they took on the responsibility for seeing initiatives through. Everyday actions inspire doable environmentalism. […]

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Engaging children’s interest in insect hotels

Published by Alix Marschani on 13th July 2020 at 11:24 am | No Comments

What is the best way to engage young children in insect hotels? Many of us dot bought insect houses about our outdoor areas, but do we stop to consider their educational value or purpose? Do children actually remember they are there? When did you last take a peep and note any insects? This research paper […]

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How to protect ourselves, others, and the places we visit outdoors

Published by Alix Marschani on 7th July 2020 at 11:20 am | 1 Comment

The Rainbow Bubble group of five to seven year olds wanted to share with you their information poster. The COVID 19 pandemic has changed our behaviours and our poster explains how to stay safe during the school summer holidays.              Let’s all be sensible, enjoy the outdoors and have a safe […]

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Gardening notes in these difficult times: hens

Published by Alix Marschani on 17th June 2020 at 8:25 am | No Comments

What do you do when disaster strikes your hens? If your garden is a home to hens then this bit of news from Debbie the gardener will delight you. Sadly a fox got into our fully enclosed hen run recently and left a trail of carnage behind. We rescued a badly injured young Yokohama cock […]

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Can we play with hoops and snails?

Published by Alix Marschani on 15th June 2020 at 11:52 am | No Comments

‘When we go outside let’s play with hoops, please!’ Another joined in adding, ‘and snails.’ ‘Well, hoops and snails then.’ It was settled quickly. Our bubble bucket contained the hoops and everyone knew where the snails lived. But as with all 5 to 7 year olds, the activity changed as more children added their ideas […]

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What educators can learn from Monty Roberts

Published by Alix Marschani on 8th June 2020 at 5:00 pm | No Comments

Learning how to manage behaviour from a different discipline can bring insights into the work of any educator. While reading this book written by a master of horsemanship, I became reflective of practice, confirming in my mind the need for educators to be more questioning of directed teaching, enforcing rules and how we deal with […]

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Being out with my ‘bubble’ at school

Published by Alix Marschani on 7th June 2020 at 11:45 am | No Comments

So what did you do at school today? ‘We were outdoors and had fun!’ replied a member of the bubble. And that was my educator intention. When I asked the question ‘did you spend time outdoors in nature with your families?’ the reply was ‘a little’ or ‘no’. Many of these 5 to 7 year […]

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