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Like Bees, Not Butterflies: Child-initiated Learning in the Early Years [Paperback]

Sally Featherstone
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4 Sep 2008
Why is it that, when children play, some behave like butterflies,flitting around among the flowers of the activities on offer, landingfor a moment before moving on to the next attractive flower (activity)while others behave with the single minded concentration of bees?As children grow and learn, they acquire skills through play andpractical activities. This recently acquired learning is tenuous and issecured through practice, repeating the skills in different contexts,with different people. Only then will learning be 'hard wired' forlife. It is now evident that where children are able to selectresources, play companions and activities for themselves, they canpractise emerging skills and concepts by selecting the resources theyneed and using them in ways which are unique to them.This book, written by a group of experts in early years practice,explores the place and purpose of child-intitiated learning in highquality early years practice. Child-initiated learning is a key featureof the new Early Years Foundation Stage which will be implemented inSeptember 2008.


Product details

  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Featherstone Education Ltd (4 Sep 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1906029768
  • ISBN-13: 978-1906029760
  • Product Dimensions: 17 x 24.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 326,228 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'This book, written by a group of experts in early years practice, explores the place and purpose of Child-initiated learing in high quality early years practice.' --Education Today

About the Author

Sally Featherstone has a wealth of experience as a teacher, head teacher and a local authority advisor and inspector. In recent years, alongside her activities in publishing, Sally has continued to build a national reputation as a trainer and consultant in the Primary and Early Years field.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars LIKE BEES, NOT BUTTERFLIES 3 April 2010
Format:Paperback
An Excellent book, really useful to support the implementation of Early Years Foundation Stage, good Practice. Simple to read, useful for all levels of Early Years staff.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic, motivational book 25 July 2010
By Steph
Format:Paperback
This book is a must for anyone interested in reading more about child initiated learning. It answers the questions of what should happen in practice. The book places the child as in paramount importance and it provokes thought about the opportubities that are available to them. Great book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Feedback 13 Nov 2011
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This book arrived in excellent condition yesterday and I am half way through reading it! I can't put it down!! It is a brilliant book describing why we should aim for child-initiated play. There are also loads of links where you can read up on it further. As a childminder it is really good in saying why we should aim for children to take the lead in their play. I would highly recommend buying it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 14 Feb 2011
By LF
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A really helpful, hands on book that's an excellent introduction to the best way for Early Years children to learn.
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5.0 out of 5 stars very good book 7 Nov 2010
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I got this book as it was recommended to me a while ago by my early years consultant. I found it easy to read, and well written. It reaffirmed that we doing the right thing with our child initiated play. I have now passed it on to some of my staff at Pre-school to read, so that they understand what we are aiming for.
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