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Will the Primary School Curriculum go the Early Childhood Way?

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te whariki coverA recently aired 60 Minutes programme on "... instead of being made to do homework" seems to align well with Te Whāriki and children learning from play (click here to go to the 60 Minutes website and view).

It also shows the different views of families and hence the diversity that exists in early childhood education programmes.

However, perhaps the TV programme doesn't show that the needs of individual children can be different and that not every family has a backyard or chickens or spare income for materials.

Just as with our ECE curriculum much depends on the quality of play.

If screen time replaces the homework then perhaps it's not such a great idea. And is there learning from children being supported to regularly complete set homework, which with a little improvisation could be made more fun and interesting?

More food for thought as the Ministry of Education prepares to make changes for children transitioning to school including bringing Te Whāriki into 'reception' new entrant primary school classes and cohorts of children starting together before or after their 5th birthday rather than on their 5th birthday.

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