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What is a play schema? Does my child have one?

A schema is a pattern of play in young children which can be observed as they explore their world and make sense of it. Some children have several schemas while others have a very dominant preferred one. If your pre school child regularly does something distinctive in their play, the chances are you can think of it as an uncontrollable play urge, also known as a dominant schema.  When you understand how these are manifested in their play, its fascinating to see how your child is learning about their world and processing it.  Here as some of the most commonly seen schemas:  Trajectory  Rotation  Enclosing Enveloping Transporting Positioning Connecting Positioning  Orientation  Transformation  I'll discuss each of these in a separate...

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Breadth of experience - a background on our guest blogger

Over the years I've come to the conclusion that teachers teach very little. Children have an innate ability and desire to learn and good educators develop the children's skills by providing the right opportunities at the right time. 

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Preparing your sibling for a new arrival

We have a new baby arriving this autumn so this is a topical subject in our house. Here are a few ideas to help an older child to be able to adjust to a new sibling  Consider the timing of when you tell them about the baby. For younger children 9 months is an incredibly long time to wait etc New baby books - age and stage appropriate  Play more with dolls, premmie nappies, discuss  Meet some babies etc  Plan nursery together  Emphasise big brother sister importance  Prepare box of little activities 

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