About



Hi there and welcome to Learn with Play at Home.

 I am Deborah (Debs).



I am currently on family leave from Primary School Teaching (BEd) to be home with my bright, imaginative and active 4 year old, Maddie, and my busy, curious little toddler, N. We live in Melbourne, Australia.



I am absolutely loving my time away from my career to raise my children while they are young but I do certainly miss it and have found myself still pulled towards education.

Why did you start this blog?

I started this blog for a number of reasons:

  • To help other parents/carers find easy ways to keep their kids entertained and learning at home

  • To share handy tips and suggestions based on my experience and education to help get the most learning out of regular fun!

  • To demonstrate the importance and value of Play Based Learning

  • To document the everyday activities we get up to and as a portfolio for my return to teaching 

  • To keep up to date with Early Years education, further my own knowledge, write activities also suitable for the classroom and to connect with others in the same profession




So, where to start?

If you're new to Learn with Play at home, below are some of my favourite posts to get you started.
Simply click on the picture to take you to the post.


Literacy
Maths
Nutrition
Science

Creativity



I strongly believe that...Childhood should be fun and that learning is a massive part of childhood...so, while we are learning all the time, we might as well make it fun!


I am thoroughly enjoying taking my teaching training and philosophies and implementing those into giving my children the best start to their lives and education as I can.

I hope you can find something useful here and please contact me if you have any queries.

Debs :)


Blessed to have the love and support of my awesome family



 "Children learn best when entertained greatly while being educated gently." (Anon)






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10 comments:

  1. I ABSOLUTELY LOVE this idea. My daughter turns 4 this month and I want to prepare one special for her and give it to her on her bday. My question....I have looked on line for a cover as cute as yours and I can not find one. Can I copy yours? If so, how do I do it? Can I print it myself and just put it into the cover of a binder? If I chose to do the notebook, do I take it to a kinko's? Sorry for the possibly silly questions, but I am new homeschooling parent so allll of this is very new to me. Thank you for your amazing ideas!!! I can't wait to use more of them..
    Carey Valderrama

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    1. Hi Carey and thank you for your lovely comment.
      I'm guessing you are talking about the drawing book. The cover of that was drawn by my brother-in-law who is a graphic artist. I'm afraid I don't have any copy of it that I could share with you. My suggestion would be... Do a google image search on something that your daughter loves (eg fairies, ponies, bugs etc) and find a cool picture you like. Save the picture and using a photo editing tool (there are tons of free ones on the net you can download or I recommend using fotoflexer.com as you don't need to download it and it's quite good) add text on top of the picture of your daughter's name and age etc. Then save it and print it out the same size as the drawing pad that you buy (eg A4/Letter size). Stick it on the cover of the drawing pad and then cover with clear contact to protect it.
      The adventure writing notebook is literally just a very basic lined notebook and myself and my daughter just decorated the back cover (she started stories in it upside down so the back is now the front haha) ourselves. The words are letter stickers that I stuck on and then just traced around them with black texta. The rest of the detail is just stickers and Maddie's doodling.
      I hope this helps! Let me know if you have any more questions. Just contact me via the Contact tab at the top. Happy to help.
      Debs :)

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  2. I've just been looking through your blog, and you have so many great ideas. I'm so excited to follow along and get tons of new ideas.

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  3. HI Debs, you encourage ME a lot with your blog,I love it and check it everyday!! but I have a girl almost four years and a boy, 20 months, I prepare wonderful activities to my daughter but she rarely wants to do sth, she is stuck on stickers and painting...she doesnt matter how beauty, colorful,new the activity is.. she is just not interested most of the times..this makes me really really sad because i want to homeschool her next year...what can I do to encourage her to do this wonderful activities? THANK YOU FOR YOUR TIME TO SHARE WITH US, MANY MANY MOMS :)

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    1. Thanks for your kind words, Nancy. My suggestion would be to sit down yourself and just start playing/creating etc with the materials/activity you were hoping to get her interested in. I find that when I have children that aren't interested, as soon as I start playing myself (and deliberately using verbal and body language to communicate how exciting/fun it is), they often can't help themselves but want to have a go too. If they are still completely uninterested then you'll need to look at how you're presenting the materials and idea and look at ways of incorporating her known interests into what you're hoping to achieve. All the best :)

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  4. During my years as an early childhood educator, I discovered the Reggio Approach which transformed my classroom and gradually evolved as a passionate vocation over many years. Now my work as an early learning consultant finds me sharing the theories of Reggio Emilia with all the preschools in my area. I share me vast collection of documentation including authentic classroom experiences illustrating the value of using open-ended materials with young children. When caregivers begin to discover how thoughtfully planned provocations with materials can lead to high level learning with children they too are becoming transformed. The Speilgaben materials would be an awesome tool for educators as they begin to think the Reggio way. I remember being so amazed at the stories children can create when offered meaningful opportunities with a variety of quality materials. Creating and extending meaningful stories in a hundred different ways certainly begins to empower our youngest learners!!

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  5. I love finding fellow Melbournite blogs to look at! I look forward to going through yours and finding lots of inspiration - and as an added bonus I'll be able to track down all the resources you mention!!

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Thanks for taking the time to comment! I love reading them all.