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Reflections of an Educator
Our sister company. Diaries, journals, and more.
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Early Years TV
Interview style PD by Kathy Brodie from the UK. You'll find loads of videos here from us.
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The Phoenix Cups 101
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Phoenix Cups Merch
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Do schools kill creativity?

Sir Ken Robinson TED talk


Every kid needs a champion

Rita Pierson TED Talk


The Phoenix Cups: A Cup Filling Story - Sandi & Christopher Phoenix

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Parents, this is the one thing you need to know - Edited by Sam Jockel and Kerri Ryan

Any parent knows raising kids can be as confusing, challenging and maddening as it is profoundly life-affirming. We can’t possibly have all the answers, all the time, but there are some parts of parenting you absolutely should not drop the ball on.

In this book, Parent TV’s Sam Jockel and Kerri Ryan have sought the wisdom of thirty-three experts to solve parenthood’s most diabolical head-scratchers. With diverse backgrounds in children’s health, education and psychology, these experts are armed with the data and insight to tackle everything from kids’ resilience to their relationship with food and the influence of music on developing brains.

Learning Stories : Constructing Learner Identities in Early Education

Margaret Carr's seminal work on Learning Stories was first published by SAGE in 2001, and this widely acclaimed approach to assessment has since gained a huge international following. In this new full-colour book, the authors outline the philosophy behind Learning Stories and refer to the latest findings from the research projects they have led with teachers on learning dispositions and learning power, to argue that Learning Stories can construct learner identities in early childhood settings and schools. By making the connection between sociocultural approaches to pedagogy and assessment, and narrative inquiry, this book contextualizes Learning Stories as a philosophical approach to education, learning and pedagogy.

Learning Stories in Practice

Margaret Carr and Wendy Lee have often been asked for a follow-on practical companion to their seminal 2012 book Learning Stories; a complimentary book that provides practical advice for teachers who are embarking on a 'narrative assessments-for-learning' journey. After much anticipation that book is here at last!

Packed with a wide range of full-colour examples of real life learning stories from all over the world this practical guide is influenced by their ongoing work with teachers across many countries and the thoughtful comments and questions that teachers have asked during conversations at conferences, lectures and professional development programmes. They have turned these conversations with teachers and students into key ideas, and a practical framework on how to initiate and create good learning stories and why they are valuable.

Last Child in the Woods : Saving our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder

Camping in the garden, riding bikes through the woods, climbing trees, collecting bugs, picking wildflowers, running through piles of autumn leaves... These are the things childhood memories are made of. But for a whole generation of today's children the pleasures of a free-range childhood are missing, and their indoor habits contribute to epidemic obesity, attention-deficit disorder, isolation and childhood depression.

This timely book shows how our children have become increasingly alienated and distanced from nature, why this matters and how we can make a difference. Last Child in the Woods is a clarion call, brilliantly written, compelling and irresistibly persuasive - a book that will change minds and lives.

The Hundred Languages of Children : The Reggio Emilia Experience in Transformation, 3rd Edition

Why does the city of Reggio Emilia in northern Italy feature one of the best public systems of early education in the world? This book documents the comprehensive and innovative approach that utilizes the "hundred languages of children" to support their well-being and foster their intellectual development.

Educators in Reggio Emilia, Italy, use a distinctive innovative approach that supports children's well-being and fosters their intellectual development through a systematic focus on symbolic representation. From birth through age six, young children are encouraged to explore their environment and express their understanding through many modes of expression or "languages," including verbal communication, movement, drawing, painting, sculpture, shadow play, collage, and music. This organic strategy has been shown to be highly effective, as the children in Reggio Emilia display surprising examples of symbolic skill and creativity.

Designs for Living and Learning : Transforming Early Childhood Environments

You likely have dreams for your early childhood environment that are greater than rating scales, regulations, and room arrangements. Designs for Living and Learning has been a favourite resource among educators and caregivers for more than a decade, and this new edition is packed with even more fresh ideas that can be used as you create captivating environments that nurture children, families, and staff while supporting children's learning. With hundreds of all-new colourful photographs of real early learning settings and a multitude of simple and practical concepts for creative indoor and outdoor spaces and learning materials, this book truly is a source of inspiration as you learn how to shape welcoming spaces where children can learn and grow.

Threads of Thinking : Schemas and Young Children's Learning

In her new edition of this popular book, Cathy Nutbrown presents evidence of continuity and progression in young children's thinking. She shows, with detailed observation, that they are able and active learners. She considers aspects of children's patterns of learning and thinking - or schemas - and demonstrates clearly how children learn in an active, dynamic and creative way.

This book makes schema theory explicit in practice. Supported by numerous detailed examples and the discussion of difficult theoretical issues, it illustrates children's learning in areas such as literacy, maths and science.

Recommended articles, resources and posts

Schemas in children's play

Schemas in Children’s Play are such an important concept when it comes to the development of our children that it’s worth taking the time to understand them so you can facilitate them when you see them. 

Burn the rosters and free the teachers

 This article discusses the issues surrounding the use of rosters within early childhood settings, particularly infant and toddler environments. The team at Massey         Child Care Centre in New Zealand highlight the importance of refocusing on children's rhythms and bringing teachers' attention back to what is most important... the child.

The unconventional guide to improving handwriting skills (part 1): Put the pencil down and get outside

Fine motor skill development is only possible if core strength and stability is present. In order to effectively control arm movement, a child must already have proper muscle tone and stability in her trunk. Once this strong, solid base is established, the arm and hand are free to make the precise, coordinated movements need for drawing, cutting and writing.

The unconventional handwriting guide (part 2): Less sports, more dirt

 “Any OT will tell you that the foundation for fine motor skills lies in strength and stability of the core… plenty of gross motor play and time on playground equipment  outside is really important for handwriting.”

The unconventional handwriting guide (part 3): Modern toys are ruining your child's handwriting

Toys and day to day life at home used to provide lots opportunities for children’s fine motor growth. But suddenly we are seeing a large number of children who are lacking adequate core, upper body and finger strength and dexterity to successfully pick up a pencil and write with ease. Has home life really changed that much in the last 25 years to affect children’s fine motor development?

Reading readiness has to do with the body

Today’s kids sit more than ever. Babies spend hours confined in car seats and carriers rather than crawling, toddling, or being carried. As they get older their days are often heavily scheduled between educational activities and organized events. Children have 35 percent less time for free play than they did a generation ago, and that’s before factoring in distractions like TV or video games. 

Worldviews, theories and philosophies in children's services

This audio-visual resource is a collection of conversations with academics, educators, policy makers and activists offering an insight into the wide range of worldviews, theories and philosophies that have helped to inform and define their everyday practice. 

The evolution of an accidental meme

 My jaw hit the keyboard…that was my image, but it also wasn’t my image. It was the concept behind my image, but completely redrawn (and by someone with actual artistic talent!). I was stunned…and delighted. 

On developmentally appropriate practice... and why we don't push kids down the stairs

Toddlers can’t walk down the stairs with alternating steps.  They just can’t.  While your kindergartener bounds down the stairs taking each step in stride (or several in one super-hero bound, as mine is prone to do), your toddler will cling to the wall or rail as she takes a careful step down with one foot, then brings the other foot to that same step to stand firmly before venturing down in that same slow, tentative manner for another (step together), then another (step together), then another  (step together). 

The real reason why children fidget

Fidgeting is a real problem. It is a strong indicator that children are not getting enough movement throughout the day. We need to fix the underlying issue. By Angela Hanscom, Paediatric occupational therapist and founder, TimberNook. 

PDF Download - Connection Plan

ThFree trial of our Educator's Toolkit for Behaviour online course has a whole bunch of awesome downloads - including our famous 'Connection Plan'. Just hit th FREE trial button on the course and login.

Must have resources for educators

Reflections of an Educator - diaries, journals and more

Phoenix Support for Educators founder and managing director, Sandi Phoenix, co-founded 'Reflections of an Educator' with the team at Sticks & Stones Education resources. If you ask us... these diaries, journals, notebooks, programming calendars, printable EYLF scrapbooks and more are all essential! The only challenge you'll have is what to leave OUT of your cart. Happy shopping.  

The Phoenix Cups exclusive merch store

Browse the Phoenix Cups merch shop for t-shirts, mugs, clothing, homeware and more. Create your own custom made products on our RedBubble site then get it delivered straight to your door. Sooo fun! Click here to have a play. 

Sticks & Stones Education

Sticks & Stones Education is your favourite provider of quality toys that support children's learning and development through play. They offer wooden toys, play-dough tools, arts & crafts, animal figurines, felt toys and so much more at your fingertips. At Phoenix Support, they're our preferred educational resource provider.

Children's Behaviour and Inclusion Resources

Australian Association for Infant Mental Health Inc Position paper on Time Out 

The Australian Association for Infant Mental Health Inc. (AAIMHI) aims to improve professional and public recognition that infancy is a critical period in psycho-social development, and to work for the improvement of the mental health and development of all infants and families.

A way with words 

Guidelines for the portrayal of people with a disability.

Alfie Kohn 

Alfie Kohn writes and speaks widely on human behavior, education, and parenting. The author of fourteen books and hundreds of articles, he lectures at education conferences and universities as well as to parent groups and corporations. Kohn’s criticisms of competition and rewards have been widely discussed and debated, and he has been described in Time magazine as “perhaps the country’s most outspoken critic of education’s fixation on grades [and] test scores.”

Behaviour management at group time

FAQ – How do I ‘manage’ children’s behaviour during group time? Children’s behavioural learning needs to be guided, supported and encouraged, NOT managed. A blog by Sandi Phoenix. 

Developmental checklists - QLD health

A range of downloads for different ages and stages. 

Developmental Milestones and the EYLF and the NQS 

The resources have been developed by Community Child Care Co-operative Ltd (NSW) to provide support for early childhood educators to implement the Early Years Learning Framework.

Red Flags guide for early intervention

Red flags to identified and refer for early intervention and associated developmental milestones. NB: For use when developmental/behavioural concerns are evident and referral is necessary.

Dr Louise Porter

This website is dedicated to children: those spirited young people who value being in command of themselves and who protest when adults attempt to control them… those children whose learning style or needs make it a challenge to conform to school.

Parents' Evaluation of Developmental Status PEDS

Parents’ Evaluation of Developmental Status (PEDS) is an evidence-based method for detecting and addressing developmental and behavioural problems in children aged from birth to seven years and 11 months. PEDS is a simple, 10-item questionnaire that is completed by the parent. 

Understanding children's behaviour

A resource relating to the NQF from the Department of Education and Training.

Glasser institute for Choice Theory

Dr. Glasser developed his theory of human behaviour that explains why people do the things they do. It explains all human behaviour.

The day we met Jet Pack Man; A story about fun cup filling