Practice Insight July issue: Editor's note

Adam Marycz
Friday, June 10, 2022

I cannot believe we are already on issue number three of Practice Insight – over the last couple of weeks there have been so many settings, practitioners and authors getting in touch who are interested in being featured over the coming months so thank you to everyone who has reached out so far, and if you would like to be involved please DM me on social media (@adameyleader) or email me on adam.marycz@markallengroup.com. I cannot wait to see more examples of your practice, hear more of your experiences and then share them with our readers!


Adam Marycz
Practice Insight editor

I am excited this month to share with you our first home learning experience on the working with families page on S8. This has been shared by Stacey McMorland who is a nursery manager. In her setting she shares ‘family time bags’ with children and their families, as she says they ‘provide parents and children with an opportunity to link home learning to our curriculum and carry out activities that aren't usually done at home.’ This mirrors the vision that both myself and Angelica had when creating the working with families page, to not only offer tips that support practitioners when working with families but also to provide creative ideas that practitioners could use to engage their children and families and extend their learning at home.

The author spotlight focuses on Kimberly Smith who has recently written a book entitled ‘Bringing Hygge into the Early Years.’ In her spotlight she explores the Norwegian concept called ‘Friluftsliv’ which is a way of improving wellbeing, whilst Abigail Leow provides us with this months' student spotlight in which she shares her thoughts on the ‘importance of music in the early years.’

Our play experience case study follows a small group of children engaging with a ‘writing wall’ provocation in a home-based setting provided by childminder Chloe Webster. Finally, the early years community corner this month reflects on a series of posts on consent and empowering young children to take control of their bodies.

Please don't forget to share your feedback on the supplement, and please also share the ideas and people showcased, the conversations and the learning you take into your interactions with children and their families on social media. You can do this using the hashtag #practiceinsighteye

Explainer

Sustained shared thinking – this concept is built on the power of collaboration. It refers to an experience where ‘two or more individuals work together in an intellectual way to solve a problem, clarify a concept, evaluate activities, extend a narrative etc.’ All individuals involved ‘must contribute to the thinking and it must develop and extend understanding.’ Such thinking generally happens in one-to-one adult/child interactions and in high-quality learning environments.

To read more visit Kathy Brodie – ‘Sustained shared thinking – how important is it?’: https://bit.ly/388rjFq

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