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  New Sara Stanley Philosophical Storyplay Blog here   The importance of picture books and play for critical literacy and thinking    
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How children learn best -Listen, Talk, Trust

If punishment works why does punishment still exist? This is actually a question asked by a 7 year old child in a philosophical discussion using the picturebook Not Now Bernard by David McKee. The children had commented that they thought it strange that Bernard was ignored by his parents rather than punished for being annoying. By the end of the session the majority of children had constructed a theory that ignoring
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Philosophical storyplaying… Robots

  Starting with a story… The following dialogue was overheard whilst 4 boys were playing “space robots” Don’t get me, bad robot I’m not getting you, I’m downloading you. Don’t get my baby either Robots can’t have babies. I later read this conversation back to the group as a story to be acted out inside our giant storybook. The children were then asked to think about whether there could be baby robots? The discus
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From the PRAESA website. Thank you to Rujeko Moyo, (ECD blogger- passionate about nurturing a reading culture in the African child) who has blogged about this groundbreaking early years conference.

March the 16th and 17th, 2017, saw the Observatory River Club Conference Centre abuzz with a conglomerate of over 180 individuals from various sectors and regions across South Africa –policy makers, government departments, universities and other tertiary institutions, donors and funders, non-profit and profit making organisations, libraries, schools, Early Childhood Development (ECD) centers, ECD consultants, ECD res
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The virtual book tour at Beanstalk staff training #nextChapter

Where the Wild Things Are -M Sendak  Just imagine & You Choose- Pippa Goodhart and Nick Sharratt Topsy Turvy World- Hans-Georg Barker  I am Henry Finch- Deacon& Schwarz Wild- Emily Hughes Book of Dreams- Shirin Ad          Not now Bernard-David McKee Would you rather? – John Burningham The cat, the dog, little red, the exploding eggs, the wolf and grandmas wardrobe-. D
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Little learners Corby

Yesterday i delivered philosophical play training  to Little learners nursery nd forest school in Corby.  I came away totally inspired.  Here is the setting of my dreams. Words actually can’t describe the storying happening here. (Just ask about  Gordon and Penelope…) I have found a perfect place to observe, listen, think and write about the joys of childhood freedom and “thortin
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Video clips of my first piece of work with ALMA award winning PRAESA

http://dgmt.co.za/philosophy-for-children-videos-demonstrating-the-facilitation-of-early-thinking-sessions-with-young-south-african-children/
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Belhar and Langa. Starting with storyplay.

Part of our baseline for storyplay is observing how play is used in the ECD setting. Play is problematic in the South African context. Imagination is not encouraged,  freeplay is not seen as learning.  Teachers themselves have very few memories of play and certainly none in the context of their schooling. We are sowing the seeds of play for a purpose-we need to create spaces where children can learn how to play in a
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I am Henry Finch by Alexis Deacon & Viviane Schwarz

Philosophical thoughts from Year 1 pupils at Lionwood Infant & Nursery School, Norwich as we shared the book together. Transcript session 1 Interesting comments and thoughts that arose. I think that is a thought. SS- I wonder,what is a thought ? I think. Henry was thinking in his head while he was sleeping. That happens to me sometimes maybe it happens just to some people? I have bad dreams I hear noises in my h
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Philosophical play in the Early Years Setting

      It could be said that children are probably at their most philosophical in their formative pre-school years. If you take Socrates’s provocation that “All I know is that I know nothing” then we see everything as new and puzzling. To a pre-school child the whole world is a new and strange place. A place where some things make perfect sense and other things absurd. A world of inconsistency and cha
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