February 18, 2018 The Power of Concentration

The Power of Concentration 

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In this technological age, our society contains a multitude of distractions: Ipads, computers, television & electronic toys.

Combine these with extra activities, outings, clubs or sports-related groups in village halls, community centres etc.

Together these can create an overabundance of sensory stimulation and a busy hectic life which fills a child’s brain, overstimulated & that constant noise & endless activity.

At The Curiosity Approach, we value time & space. ⭐️

Through our uncluttered & beautiful environments, it is our aim to create a calm and tranquil environment in which children can be CURIOUS to investigate, discover & learn.

To allow children time & space to tinker & work at their own pace.⭐️

Through an undirected child-centred approach we encourage the power of concentration in young children.
Enabling them to grow into the thinkers & doers of the future.

Look at the deep levels of concentration and involvement in our incredible learner, totally absorbed in the task at hand. He is a designer in his own learning, process over product.
Working things out, solving problems. Negotiating ideas and testing his own theories & thinking.
Educators understand the importance of allowing our children uninterrupted time to become deeply engaged.

The learning is not only visible, it’s palpable. He is strengthening his POWER of concentration, the synapsis in his brain is on FIRE

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Be mindful practitioners
Be aware of the magic that’s happening around you.
Don’t JUST LOOK!
SEE the deep concentration in young children’s faces.
Observe it and see it in all its glory.

See the beauty in Early Years ⭐️ This magic is happening all around.

Nurture it. Provide endless opportunities to foster it.
Provide invitations & provocations that invoke deep levels of involvement & powers of concentration.

Dr Ferre Laevers
Research Centre for Experiential Education – University of Leuven conducted research into levels of involvement in Early Years, see useful link below

Dr Ferre Laevers

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© Written by Stephanie Bennett

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This article was written by Stephanie Bennett, One of the Co-founders of The Curiosity Approach, alongside Lyndsey Hellyn. We're more than just another consultancy company, together we want to impact on early years. To make a change to the educational system. To inspire practitioners to bring back curiosity, awe and wonder to childhood and to the lives of educators.

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