The Mindstretchers Academy Blog — Floorbooks approach

RE-ENGAGE CHILDREN WITH FLOORBOOKS

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RE-ENGAGE CHILDREN WITH FLOORBOOKS

Floorbooks are a part of the Talking and Thinking Floorbook Approach®, as developed by Claire Warden, and discussed in Claire's book "Talking and Thinking Floorbooks" (3rd Edn., 2015). Floorbooks are a child-led approach to documentation and planning which give children a place to write down or draw their thoughts about a topic, or for an adult to accurately record children’s voices. The Talking and Thinking Floorbook Approach can be adopted by any educator working with 0 to 11 year-olds. A common problem for educators is trying to re-engage children who have lost interest either in a specific topic or, occasionally,...

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HOW TO EFFECTIVELY ENGAGE, REFLECT AND RECORD!

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HOW TO EFFECTIVELY ENGAGE, REFLECT AND RECORD!

TIP: You'll need a Floorbook... Floorbooks are a staple tool used in most of our work at our award-winning Auchlone Nature Kindergarten. They are a simple concept, but when used correctly they can be highly effective. Floorbooks are a genuine record of a child’s thinking. Children's ideas and thoughts are recorded without re-framing or interpretation, so that they are a genuine record of their thinking and their expression of it. "When children give a response to a question or contribute an idea that is far removed from the rest of the group thinking, the idea can be recorded as evidence...

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CHILD-LED PLANNING - STARTING OUT WITH THE FLOORBOOK APPROACH

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CHILD-LED PLANNING - STARTING OUT WITH THE FLOORBOOK APPROACH

One of the questions I'm asked a lot about the Floorbook Approach is "is there a set sequence?" Like any methodology I would argue that you have to be responsive to what your children need on that particular day. But as a general rule, what you would tend to have is the first part of that cycle which is about noticing: it's about observing and seeing what children are doing and saying to you. So that becomes your starting point; it tells you where your journey is going to go. Then what you do is you have your Talking Tub; your...

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CREATING FASCINATING TALKING TUBS TO SUPPORT CHILD-LED LEARNING

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CREATING FASCINATING TALKING TUBS TO SUPPORT CHILD-LED LEARNING

Talking Tubs are a key part of the Floorbooks Approach, which will allow you to identify and explore children’s interests. A Talking Tub is a box filled with a variety of objects about a specific subject. A practitioner will then allow children to take each item out one at a time and fully examine the objects, giving them time to investigate and discuss each object. Some of the best talking tubs are created from previously identified child interests, but there a number of great topics that you can cover at the beginning of a year using a tub. Here are...

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