Topic Planning - before launching into a topic we like to sit around our floor book and find out what the kids know about the topic and other ideas they have and things they might like to do in class. We are still at the ealry stages of tis as they are only 3 years, but its amazing how much we can take from the kids. On the other page we document what we have done, the kids stick in the pictures and we talk about what they did, I scribe for them.

Using a Floorbook to document children's existing ideas and knowledge about a topic

This is our program/planning document. Completed daily at this stage. WIll post closer photos - by Chantal Ryan

This is our program/planning document. Completed daily at this stage. WIll post closer photos - by Chantal Ryan

Talking Tub example

A great idea to start off a project - invite kids to view the tubs and listen to prior knowledge. No teaching, just listening for their understanding.

Our Garden project detailed in our Talking and Thinking Floorbooks

Using a Floorbook to document children's existing ideas and knowledge about a topic

Talking and Thinking tree. The children write on a leaf about whatever your topic or discussion is about. Hang it on the magic tree to help it to grow. Great for parents evening comments too! Idea from Claire Warden's Talking and Thinking Books.

Talking and Thinking tree. The children write on a leaf about whatever your topic or discussion is about. Hang it on the magic tree to help it to grow. Great for parents evening comments too! Idea from Claire Warden's Talking and Thinking Books.

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