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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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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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The YES …Sarah Bee & Satoshi Kitamura-Andersen Press

The philosophy of a Yes and many Nos   This week I was sent a copy of The Yes by Sarah Bee and Satoshi Kitamura, published by Andersen Press. I make it my job to find picture books that offer problems and questionings about big themes. This one found me in a way that only a Yes can…. And I can’t wait to share it with children who always have more wonderings than me. The plot is simple but the language flo
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A Philosophical Classroom Investigation-“What is lining up about?”

    How many problems are encountered in the line to the school hall or the playground? How common is the call “ He/She pushed in” or “That’s my space “ “I’m at the front/back” I remember the squabbling, the constant jostle to get to the front, the arms spread across the doorway to prevent anyone from passing and also that slightly lost look of the children who really didn’t want to be in a line at all, tho
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What Ofsted says about Philosophy for Children

   The following examples show how Ofsted recognise the impact that philosophy for children has on learning . If you have had recognition of this from Ofsted we would love to add quotes from your reports. Together we can change the way we teach. Let’s give the power to the next generation of voters to change education for the better……. Keep up the good work. Sparhawk Infant and Nursery School N
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A Christmas wish list for educational change

For the past few months I have been involved in an educational project initiated by dedicated professionals from the school of education at the university of Cape Town and PRAESA an organisation dedicated to raising educational achievement through reading and storytelling. The project is co-funded by the Douglas Murray Trust who are committed to transforming lives of young children through educational change. The pro
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