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Gender Schema, Your Space and You!

alistair@abcdoes.com Boys Learning, Child Initiated Learning, Continuous Provision, Environment 3 Comments

The more I observe children of all ages and stages play, the more interested I become in the role that ‘gender’ has in their decisions and choices. How much influence do we really have as practitioners and how much of their ‘gender identity’ is already in place? I was introduced to the idea of Gender Schema about four years ago …

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TTS £1000 Giveaway Winner…

alistair@abcdoes.com Giveaway 5 Comments

Thank you to everyone who entered the giveaway. It was a big one! The winner is… Jessica Dowson Well done Jessica! Don’t worry if you didn’t win, there will be lots more TTS goodies coming your way soon. Share PostTwitterFacebookGoogle +1Email

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Common Play Behaviours and Continuous Provision

alistair@abcdoes.com Continuous Provision, Environment, Planning and Assessment, Uncategorized 13 Comments

Often when I work with Early Years Practitioners, the thing that they find the most difficult to get consistently right is Continuous Provision. Good Continuous Provision can be tricky – all too often children will just visit in an area of provision that they like, where they will choose a resources that they are familiar with and then engage in low …

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TTS £1000 GIVEAWAY

alistair@abcdoes.com Giveaway 689 Comments

To celebrate the launch of their 2016 catalogue, TTS has given me a £1000  voucher to giveaway  to one lucky person or setting. Along with all of their usual favourites, there is lots that new for this year like this ace outdoor potions and concoctions creative centre which you can enhance with these potion bottles. You could add a bit …

Win me for a day – Winner!

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Thank you to everyone who donated to Children in Need for a chance to win me for a day. I am pleased to announce that the winner is… JENNY BERRY Well done Jenny! If you email me (alistair@abcdoes.com) we can make a date! I really look forward to meeting you and your team  – wherever that may be! Oh, and …

How to Write Like a Jedi – Star Wars Inspiration!

alistair@abcdoes.com Boys Learning, Jedi Writing, Mark Making, Weapon and Superhero Play 7 Comments

As we see the return of Star Wars to the cinema – don’t miss your chance to motivate your children with a bit of Jedi Writing! Walt Disney Company  I came up with Jedi Writing as a ‘boy heavy’ reception class teacher in the early 1990’s when Star Wars was ‘big news’ in my class. The good thing about it …