The Reflective Teaching Cycle

Posted: January 10th, 2018 | Author: | Filed under: Child Care Providers, News | Tags: , , , | No Comments »

How do we foster learning in a way that values play and the interests of the child? How do we encourage imagination and open-ended play?

This is what early childhood educators from Sacred Heart Preschool explored during their two day onsite professional development opportunity led by 4-C that focused on the Reflective Teaching Cycle of Provocation – Exploration – Documentation – Reflection. The educators were invited to play with loose part provocations using common classroom or household items, and as they explored, their interactions were documented through photographs. The next day, educators used the photographs to reflect on and discuss what happened and what skills were used such as engineering, sorting and cooperative play. This process also helped them identify potential interests to expand on and provided insight on how to extend the learning with new materials to add in the future.

One educator reported that she wanted to “everyday be more conscious of letting children play and letting them take risks. I want to set up more invitations to play with real life materials.” Another said “I will loosen the reigns and allow more freedom in my classroom and focus on learning through the process.” This Reflective Teaching Cycle is essential to fostering a learning environment for children in which they are free to experiment, explore their own ideas and become independent learners.



PNC Pledges Additional $250 Million to Grow Up Great

Posted: October 20th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Child Care Providers, News, Science | Tags: , , , , | 1 Comment »

PNC Financial Services Group  has announced a ten-year, $250 million extension of its Grow Up Great early childhood education initiative (, which has benefited more than a million children since its launch in 2004 and has awarded $40 million in grants to date through the PNC Foundation.

As part of its re-commitment to the effort, PNC also announced a $7 million expansion of its preschool science initiative, which was launched in 2009. The competitive grant program will fund regional science centers and nonprofit organizations that give children opportunities for inquiry-based science learning and experience-related activities that are both educational and fun.

4-C, in conjunction with the Louisville Science Center, is now in its third year collaborating a local effort under the PNC Grow Up Great with Science initiative and is working with four partnering early childhood facilities (California Area Family Development Center, St. Benedict Center for Early Childhood Education, Friends School and Dawson Orman Education Center) to embed science exploration in their daily programming through professional development trainings, resources, parent education, science festivals and technical assistance classroom visits from an early childhood specialist.

Professional Development Science Trainings developed under this initiative are now available to any child care provider as a part of the regular 4-C training calendar including Face to Face Trainings, Independent Study Modules and On-Site Trainings tailored for each facility. For more information on how you can incorporate science into your program, type “science” into the search engine on the left to read our latest Science Blog or contact Robin Schotter, Early Childhood Science Specialist at [email protected].

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