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Review: Using Characters and Themes to Inspire Early Learning

Main Details:

ISBN-13: 9781138696143 ISBN-10: 1138696145
Authors: Jo Ayers; Louise Robson
Publisher: Routledge
Published: December 2016
Purchase: £18.99 from Routledge

A great selection of themes/activities that tap into children’s interests and really encourage them to  take a lead in their learning. From a teacher’s point of view, the activities were easy to implement into the weekly session and covered several areas of the EYFS.

About the Book

Offering an approach that is tried, tested and proven to work, this book supports practitioners in planning and resourcing a series of topics based around popular themes and interests in the early years. Each topic is open-ended and introduced in the form of a problem that the children have to solve and can be led by their knowledge, thoughts and ideas.

Using Characters and Themes to Inspire Early Learning aims to nurture children’s natural curiosity and imagination, encouraging them to become the facilitators who are empowered to solve problems, explore solutions and take ownership of their learning.

There are links throughout to the seven areas of learning in the EYFS and practical guidance on how to document the children’s learning. Features include:

  • An exciting range of characters, themes and objects to inspire children.
  • Photocopiable pages and online resources to use in the classroom.
  • Session breakdowns to set the scene and make planning easy.
  • Creative ideas and activities to prompt children’s thinking and develop discussions.

Packed with ideas for extending learning and practical resources that can be printed out for use in the classroom, this book is essential reading for all students and practitioners who want to provide inspiring learning opportunities for the children in their care.

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