Econnection in Early Childhood: Synergies in Inquiry Arts Pedagogies and Experiential Nature Education

Ward, K. 2017 Econnection in Early Childhood Education-Synergies in Inquiry Arts Pedagogies and Experiential Nature Education

 This research report is now available and combines the perspectives from early childhood educators, academics, artists and community sustainability practitioners around the world about their arts-based pedagogies and education for sustainability practice. Their perspectives form a the basis for a pedagogical tool for use in early childhood settings that include a series of Principles, Reflections for Econnection Pedagogies and Practices. This pedagogical tool was trialled in early childhood settings in Sydney Australia and in Lincoln Nebraska. The outcomes of the research highlight the important role of the arts in incorporating sustainability education into the early childhood program.


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Bronze Medals in Two Categories for World Wanderer

World Wander, my interactive, bilingual iBook has been awarded Bronze Medals in two categories at the International Elit Book Awards 2017. The categories are: Books for Children Under 7 and Environment/Ecology/Nature. Please tell your friends to check it out today. It’s available on the iBook store.

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Brains of tech addicted kids look like they are on drugs

The New York Post article on tech addicted kids is a timely reminder that we need to be mindful of the essential role of relationships and engagement with the material world to support our children’s health and well-being. Kids need to engage with their peers, their families and their teachers to develop nuanced understandings of how the world works and their own place in it. This is not to say that devices like tablets and computers are not useful and/or educational, they can be when used in moderation and with a sense of purpose. However, according the article above, when they are the dominant influence on children’s time, there can be serious psychological, physical and emotional consequences.

The brain imaging and research reported on in the article shows that the brains of children who are addicted to their devices look like those of people who are addicted to drugs such as cocaine and heroin. The pre-frontal cortex, where the executive functions like impulse moderation and decision making, is the area affected. This can severely impact on the child’s capacity to engage in everyday interactions and relationships putting them at a considerable disadvantage in comprehending the ongoing learning processes that are involved in developing and maturing.

Children need time in the outdoors for physical health, emotional and psychological health and even for supporting cognitive development. Better still when this time is shared with friends and/or family members.

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World Wanderer iBook

Today I have launched my first enhanced iBook for children: World Wanderer.Author Kumara Ward. Illustrated by Anne-Maree Althaus.

World Wanderer lived in the land of ice and snow. His story is told through text and voice narration in both English and Mandarin and any combination can be selected through easy access buttons on each page. Original songs are also accessed through their own icon.
Every year, in wintertime, World Wanderer travelled to where the water was warm. On this year’s journey he was the voice of wisdom and experience for a young yearling. He taught him about all the see creatures he would meet and how to listen to the great waves that wash around the world.  This story is filled with adventure, wisdom, discovery and friendship. World Wanderer’s journey will fill your imagination with images and sounds rich and colourful. The text and voice overs in Mandarin and English also make it a perfect bilingual learning story. The great oceans of the world will never seem the same again.
Now available for pre-order. Available 10 January.    Get_it_on_iBooks_Badge_US_1114
P21 Warm Tropical Seas


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