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ERIC Number: EJ1072354
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Pages: 24
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: EISSN-1524-5039
Our Wheels Project: Finding the Extraordinary within the Ordinary
Cowan, Jane
Early Childhood Research & Practice, v17 n1 Spr 2015
The Wheels Project took place from January to March, 2012 in a junior kindergarten/kindergarten classroom at the St. Nicholas location of Owl Child Care Services of Ontario in Waterloo. Owl Child Care Services, a nonprofit registered charity, operates seven centers in Kitchener, Waterloo, and Cambridge, Ontario. Owl is one of the largest center-based, licensed child care agencies in the Region of Waterloo, providing care for more than 800 children a day between the ages 3 months and 10 years old. Owl has served families in the region for more than 30 years. In 2010, following a staff-led review of different learning philosophies, the organization decided that a change was necessary to remain current with evidenced-based practice in the field of early childhood education and care. The shift was made from theme-based to play-based learning with a focus on emergent curriculum based on Ontario's framework for early childhood settings, Early Learning for Every Child Today (ELECT). This paper is a reflection on one classroom's part in the pilot project for the philosophy change. The children's interest in wheels, found in the classroom, provided the inspiration for research, investigation, creation, documentation, imagination, and discussion. The Wheels Project allowed the teachers to learn along with the children, and reminded the teachers to trust the children in their search for knowledge.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Kindergarten; Primary Education; Early Childhood Education; Preschool Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Canada
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