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Nursery Learns

Nursery Learns

Nursery Learns

Firstly, outside is a natural environment for children. There is a freedom associated with the space which cannot be replicated inside. If children feel at home in a particular space it seems natural to teach them in that area; education should not be a chore but an enjoyable worthwhile occupation. Children playing and learning in an outdoor environment appear more active, absorbed, motivated and purposeful, and develop a more positive attitude to learning.

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World of Numbers (My Learning Train) addresses the need to equip children with basic numeracy skills to create a strong foundation in mathematics. In keeping with the approach of the series, this book uses activities to facilitate the development of basic concepts of numeracy and the ability to think logically. The book familiarises children with pre-number concepts and enables them to understand the symbol-value relation of numbers before introducing them to basic mathematical operations. The book includes stories and rhymes to engage children in the learning process. Flash cards, which appear at the end of the book, are a powerful teaching and learning tool that may be used for classroom drills, over and above the suggested activities. As children move out of toddlerhood and into the independence of the pre-school years the programme for learning develops into a more structured pace of meaningful and purposeful learning, where children are encouraged to approach the world with curiosity and with a positive disposition to learn. At this stage children need confidence and the skills and desire to think for themselves, to solve problems, to work with others, to communicate, and to gain an increasing understanding of the world and how it works.

“In recent years, technological advances have enabled important new discoveries to be made about the growth of the human brain, demonstrating that a young child’s experiences have a neurological, as well as a psychological, impact on their long-term development. The human brain is unfinished at birth. A baby’s brain develops at an astonishing pace; it develops from 25 per cent at birth to 80 per cent of the fully formed brain by the age of three.” - Early Home Learning, A Brief Guide for PractitionerEvidence suggests that parental involvement in early learning has a greater impact on children’s wellbeing and achievement than any other factor, such as family income, parental education or school environment* You are the most important influencing factor in your child’s future and learning together in these earliest years really does count! *(Gutman and Feinstein, 2007; Sylva et al., 2004; Desforges and Abouchaar, 2003) (Source: www.stedmundsbradford.org.uk)

 

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