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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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Philosophical storyplay adventures in the classroom

 Do your children have amazing thoughts and questions about life that you would like to help them turn into a philosophical storyplaying adventure? click on the image for details
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NEW PHILOSOPHICAL STORYPLAY COURSE IN NORWICH – JUNE 2017

Here are the details of my latest course that I am running in Norwich this June. Please click on the image below to get full details and I look forward to seeing you there!
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December 2nd

JINGLE BELLS by Nick Butterworth A wonderful story where presents are not the most important thing.  This story explores the ideas of “borrowing “ A wise rat named Gavin or is that his real name and does it matter? Why would someone try and spoil other people’s happiness ? Does revenge always have to be unkind? A question board follow up … Would you rather have  a merry Christmas Or
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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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Lovely quote from UCT PGCE students defractive journal

“Watching Sara give the demo lesson two weeks ago was so insightful and inspiring. At first, these Grade 3 learners (who were so used to being told to sit down and be quiet and listen and, and, and) were a bit confused; they didn’t know what to do with their newfound freedom to think, to feel, to be. What a treat to watch them warm up to Philosophical thinking and to begin to learn to engage with one another in
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New year New you

This year who would you rather be? A SUPERHERO or THE RULER OF THE UNIVERSE I wonder. …which would be the most powerful job? Should you be paid to do these jobs  ..If so who should get paid the most? Which of these would be the most rewarding job and why?  
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