In my day job (when I’m not on maternity leave!) as part of my job role I’m a fishmonger. So anything to do with sustainable fishing, the environmental agency, nature and rivers I find really fascinating. In fact a few years back I studied an environmental studies course with the Open University. This was before I got into blogging.
When I heard that up in Yorkshire, the Yorkshire Water board were getting involved in fish pass schemes to help with reserve and improve fish preservation I wanted to help and share the work they are doing. I love Yorkshire, it’s a beautiful county with so much nature, picturesque views and places to explore.
*This is a guest post from Gemma over at Mummy’s Waisted on her top books for encouraging discussion in preschoolers.
We get through a lot of books in our house, with a five year old boy and two year old girl. There are some which have remained favourites for a long time though, through my son as a pre-schooler and now in Reception, and now onto my daughter. It seems that the books which stay popular for us are those which prompt a lot of further discussion, or attempting to copy what’s in the book!
Last year you may have remembered that I reviewed the Project Mc2 doll – Ember Evergreen. This year I’m happy to share with you another Project Mc2 doll – Camryn Coyle in celebrating British Science week. Plus at the end you have the chance to win her!
British Science week is a ten-day celebration from the 9th -18th March of science, technology, engineering and maths, featuring entertaining and engaging events and activities across the UK for people of all ages. You can take part in the week by organising an event. The British Science week organisation will help you plan by providing free activity and support resources. They welcome and support any type of organiser, from schools to community groups, and from parents to large organisations. Or you can take part by just popping along to a pre-existing event.
The importance of colour in early years.
Babies begin to learn from the second that they are born. But stimulating a child’s mind and helping them develop their awareness are crucial to ensuring that they absorb as much as possible in the early years.
Where does colour come into learning and development? Infinite Playgrounds, designers and creators of playground canopies, investigate:
Colour and early years development
When a baby is born, they can only see in monochrome. Until around eight months when their colour vision is fully developed, an infant is unable to distinguish the difference between colours. However, by ages three or four, a child can recognise basic shades — and frequent exposure can help strengthen this skill.
Why do children need to learn about colour?
When a baby reaches eight months, it can be beneficial for them to be surrounded by different colours. This can help them make colour connections early on in life and experts have said that showing patterns to a baby is important, as it provides visual and cognitive stimulation.
Being able to identify the primary colours is important, but so is naming shades. Learning these allows children to recognise significant visual hues — such as red as a code for danger. It is useful outside of the curriculum too — for example; knowing the difference between a red and a blue coloured tap.
When a child is confident in naming colours, they become more able to read and write maturely. Describing an object without saying its colour is difficult! Similarly, colour is an important part of descriptive techniques, so learning about colour also helps exercising their imaginations when creating a story.
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