...inspire their best! e-News #48: How Does Learning Happen? Powerful Interactions!

by Mary Stuart, Director

INTERACTION: a mutual or reciprocal action or influence
It’s about connection, relationships, contact and communication.

Developing authentic relationships with children in the classroom takes time and intention.

With all the fabulous research, we now know that supportive interactions are the underlying foundation to learning in all areas of development: social, emotional, cognitive and physical.

“Fostering good relationships with children and their families is the single most important priority for educators in early years programs. A significant body of research indicates that positive, caring and respectful relationships are the foundation for optimal learning, development, health and well-being.” — How Does Learning Happen? Ontario’s Pedagogy for the Early Years, 2014.

Powerful interactions begin with intention: being present, slowing down, listening to children, showing respect and connecting their communications with their learning.

If we learn how to tune into a child by tuning out the distractions of the classroom, we will set the stage for powerful interactions.

We will be able to thoughtfully and intentionally tailor a ready-made learning opportunity to that child at that moment.

How exciting is that!

Let’s rethink our roles “teller of information” to one of “follower”: letting a child lead us into their fascinating world of learning!

“Childhood is not a race to see how quickly a child can read, write and count.
It’s a small window of time to learn and develop at the pace that is right for each individual child.
Earlier is not better.” — Magda Gerber

Childlife is excited to announce we have developed a training series for ECEs that incorporates the Foundations for Learning from the How Does Learning Happen? document. The focus is to help put the theory into practice and assist ECE’s with implementing the four foundations with simple strategies to engage learning in the classroom.


Kind words are the music of the world. — F. W. Faber


Mary Stuart, Director
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