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Playing with Loose Parts: That’s How Learning Happens!

Playing with Loose Parts: That’s How Learning Happens!

By: Diane Kashin, Ed.D, RECE. Simon Nicholson, used the term loose parts in an article written in 1971. Loose parts are materials that are variable and unstructured. Nicholson maintained that children love to interact with variables in order to play, discover, invent, and experiment. In any environment, both the degree of inventiveness and creativity, and … Continue reading

Beyond Description: Making Professional Knowledge Visible through Pedagogical Documentation

Beyond Description: Making Professional Knowledge Visible through Pedagogical Documentation

By: Diane Kashin, Ed.D, RECE (with contributions from Cindy Green, RECE). This blog post has been ruminating with me for some time now. The process of pedagogical documentation is a new concept to many early childhood educators. According to Dahlberg and Moss (2008) “pedagogical documentation has its origins in the innovative and, today, world-famous municipal early childhood services in … Continue reading