MAY 2017

Kinder Pop is our resource shop for early childhood education. Our team of early childhood education enthusiasts extend from Danawa Education Malaysia, which has proudly served the Malaysian education community for over 15 years.
ON DOCUMENTATION: As early childhood educational professionals we’re often asked to contemplate how we ‘document’ in our centres, preschools or schools...and we DON’T mean bills, permission slips or teacher payslips! So what do we mean when we discuss ECE documentation?  The central idea of documentation as a teacher is evaluating the learning of your students.  In practical terms this means taking some time (say 10 minutes) to jot down notes on the things you observe or realise about your students, such as their interests or developing skills. The important part is WRITING IT DOWN rather than keeping it ‘in your head’! The document then becomes a tool to encourage understanding of your teaching impact and to share your insights on children's learning with those interested (other teachers, parents, and the students themselves).The thought of writing or typing notes and adding photos to your document sounds simple enough, but many teachers wonder ‘What exactly should I write?’ 'What if 'nothing' happens today?’ ‘What benefit does documentation have when I have so much to do?’.  We hope these questions and more can be answered in our 3 part series on Documentation in ECE ! 

Malaysia has been open about looking to other countries in developing its own ECE curriculum framework and policies.  There are many reasons why we should understand successful International practices in order to inspire our own teaching.  This issue looks at New Zealand’s practice of ECE ‘Learning Stories’. Continued Below.


Wipe-Clean Literacy Books

Reusable and great for repetition or classroom use. Find them here 

Unexpected Collaborative Paint Activities
A cooperation and process activity requiring hand eye coordination, cooperation and a delightful product as the result... this branch now looks like a magic tree!

Story-Time Yoga

Drama, gross motor skills, strength development, and story... All rolled into one! Check out the Cosmic Kids YouTube channel!

Documentation Series: Part 1 New Zealand's 'Learning Stories'

Learning Stories are a key way that New Zealand teachers document learning, reflect on learning and share learning. This helps their own teaching and helps others engage with the child's or the classroom's learning.  A Learning Story can be a paragraph or page where the teacher has written what they have seen a child or group do (e.g. in the context of activities or the learning environment that the educator has set up).  The MOST important part of writing a ‘Learning Story’ is adding an analysis and interpretation of what they have observed the children doing- focusing on the child’s competencies, growing skills and positive learning attitudes.  Learning Stories should focus more on what the child CAN do and IS doing.  The NZ educator  will also try to add a photo(s) to really show the learning and context behind the learning story.  In most cases, a teacher will sit down at a time when they don’t need to be 'hands on' with their class and write the Learning Story based on notes they jotted or from their memory. Teachers say they get much quicker and better at knowing what to write, and how to explore the subject/focus of the learning story.  Learning Stories help the teacher themselves learn about their students and the impact of their teaching... and they are helping others understand, too.  Check out these lovely Learning Stories below (click on images for sources).

MOVE, DANCE...FREEZE! This is the kind of 'brain break' that livens up the mood, and gives children a chance to get into their body and get their wriggles out!  What's more, a fast paced, music and dance activity like this encourages listening, following rules and it provides that wonderful tension of wondering when you will have to FREEZE again!  Give this a go in your house or classroom and HAVE FUN!