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Connect Using your child's "Love Language"


Good morning everyone and welcome to our next addition of 10 at 10.

My name is Leeza Browne and I am the Early childhood teacher and owner here at Platinum Education.

We believe it really does take a village to raise a child and It’s part of our role to work alongside our families for the best outcomes for their children.

Last week we talked about introducing rituals around mealtimes as a time for connection. How did you go with that excercise?


In today’s video we are going to be continuing on with last weeks theme of connections and introducing the concept of Love Languages.


Love languages is a passion project, and I talk about it often and I am so grateful to an amazing friend who introduced me to this theory about 5 years ago now, based on a book by Gary Chapman.


Not only is this topic relevant to children, it is also relevant in life.


And I am obsessed with any stretegy and system to get to know more about people and how we work.



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Creating a ritual around meal time


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Hello everyone and welcome to our next edition of 10 at 10.

My name is Leeza Browne and I am the early childhood teacher and owner here at Platinum Education. We believe it really does take a village to raise a child and it's part of our role to work alongside families, for the best outcomes for their children.

We are going to be continuing on with our tradition of rituals and talk about the creating a ritual around Mealtimes.

Recently on the TV show The Block, there was a bit of controversy around having a dining table in the home. There was actually an argument with the judges and they used the point that no one uses a dining table anymore and this was the reason they had decided not to put a dining table in their living area, as they felt that it was no longer necessary, and that people now prefer to eat on the lounge.

I don't know about you, but when I heard this, I felt quite sad, I remember. As a child, maybe not every night as a child, but I have...

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Exploring Loose Parts!

In 1972, architect Simon Nicholson developed the Theory of Loose Parts; the idea that loose parts, materials which can be moved around, designed and redesigned, and tinkered with; create infinitely more opportunities for creative engagement than static materials and environments.

 Loose parts are the opposite of toys. Toys are used for one simple purpose where as you never know what the children are going to create and that is the absolute joy of loose parts! The only limits are the children's imaginations.

"Give a child a cardboard box and observe the many ways they can use it!"

 Loose parts are a collection of items, usually natural materials, such as shells, tubes, blocks, material, corks, gems etc.

In a play, loose parts are materials that can be moved, carried, combined, redesigned, lined up, and taken apart and put back together in multiple ways. They are materials with no specific set of directions that can be used alone or combined with...

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Value of Play Based Learning

Children are naturally motivated to play. A play-based program builds on this motivation, using play as a context for learning. In this context, children can explore, experiment, discover and solve problems in imaginative and creative ways.

 A play-based approach involved both child-initiated and teacher-supported learning. The teacher encourages children's learning and inquiry through interactions that aim to stretch their thinking to higher levels.

For example, while children are exploring building with loose part materials, our teachers pose questions that encourage problem solving, prediction and hypothesising. The teacher can also bring the child's awareness towards mathematics, science and literacy concepts, allowing them to engage with such concepts through hands-on learning.

 "We didn't even know we were learning we were just having fun"

As with traditional approaches, play-based early years programs are focused on teaching and learning. In such programs, play can...

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