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Montessori and Aistear a Marriage Made in Pre-school!

Montessori and Aistear a Marriage Made in Pre-school!

In this week's LINC blog current LINC student Sinéad McCarville outlines why she feels the links between Montessori and an emergent curriculum model are greater than you think.   Montessori children are students with confidence. They are curious and self-directed...

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TEAMWORK with NATURE – Learning with Leaves

TEAMWORK with NATURE – Learning with Leaves

In this edition of the LINC blog, current student and Owner/Manager of the Corrig Kids Playschool, Edel Graham, examines the benefits of outside play and how this environment can harbor rich learning experiences for children.     ‘Children who play outside...

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Am I fulfilling my role as INclusion COordinator?

Am I fulfilling my role as INclusion COordinator?

In this week's LINC blog, graduate and INclusion COrdinator Josephine Thompson describes how she felt when she first started out in the role and how an initial meeting with her work colleagues helped her to find her feet.   When I took on the role of INclusion...

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Pathways to Inclusion

Pathways to Inclusion

In this week's LINC blog, current student Joseph Smith outlines some of the worthwhile initiatives his setting has taken part in, and how their message of inclusion has helped to reinforce what he is learning on the LINC Programme.   My name is Joseph Smith and I...

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Thinking about Gender: Gender Equity in the Early Years

Thinking about Gender: Gender Equity in the Early Years

In this week's blog LINC Researcher Sarah Kelleher, examines some of the current thinking on gender equity in the early years.     Through interactions with their communities, children learn early on what it means to be a boy or girl, e.g. how to dress and...

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Why Process Art Rocks!

Why Process Art Rocks!

In this week's LINC blog we examine the differences between process-focused art experiences and product-focused art experiences for children, and hear how one practitioner's personal experience has given her a greater appreciation of this approach to learning.  ...

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Learning from LINC – Using Song Choice Boards

Learning from LINC – Using Song Choice Boards

In this edition of the LINC blog, current student Carrie O'Connor Byrne describes how putting a lesson learned on the LINC Programme into practice has benefited the children in her setting.   Throughout the first module, Inclusion in Early Years Settings, I...

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Setting Focus: Happy Tots Montessori

Setting Focus: Happy Tots Montessori

In this edition of LINC blog, programme graduate Caroline Lohan describes how reflective practice techniques learned on the LINC programme have created a better learning environment for all children in her setting.     My name is Caroline Lohan and I am an early...

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Getting Winter-Ready – Tips for Outdoor Activity

Getting Winter-Ready – Tips for Outdoor Activity

In this edition of LINC blog, programme tutor Edel Fenlon outlines some handy tips to ensure the children in your care are outdoor activity ready this winter season.     As we prepare ourselves for winter, what does this mean for the early childhood teachers...

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LINC Programme shortlisted for four Education Awards

LINC Programme shortlisted for four Education Awards

Having previously won the award for Best Online Learning Experience in 2017, and been shortlisted for the same accolade in 2018, the LINC Programme has once again received a nomination for an Education Award. This year the programme has been nominated under four award...

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Tips from Module One: Using Visual Aids

Tips from Module One: Using Visual Aids

In this edition of the LINC blog, programme tutor Claire Butterly revisits a lesson from module one, highlighting some nice examples of visual aids she has observed in the field.     Throughout Module 1, Inclusion in the Early Years: Concepts and Strategies,...

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The LINC Mentoring Visit: A Tutor’s Perspective

The LINC Mentoring Visit: A Tutor’s Perspective

In this week's blog, LINC tutor Bernie Connell describes how she approaches each mentoring visit, giving an example of a recent visit she made to Nadine's service.   “A mentor is someone who sees more talent and ability within you, than you see in yourself, and...

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Fun not Fear at Halloween

Fun not Fear at Halloween

In this weeks LINC blog, tutor Margaret Joyce outlines some handy tips to ensure that Halloween is a fun, rather than fearful experience for young children.     Halloween is generally a time associated with dressing up, fun, games and ‘scary monsters’. Many...

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Real Life Reflections: The Children’s Referendum

Real Life Reflections: The Children’s Referendum

In this week's blog, Helen Comerford, Owner/Manager of Alanna Playschool, Tirmoghan, Donadea, Co. Kildare, and LINC graduate, describes how real life events in May 2018 inspired the children in her setting to hold their own children's referendum.     My name...

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My LINC Journey: Philomena’s Story

My LINC Journey: Philomena’s Story

Philomena Weldon, an early years practitioner with over 35 years’ experience and Owner/Manager of Phil’s Montessori in Clonlyon, Kilcock, County Meath reflects on her journey through LINC and the impact it has had on her service.       Each year we endeavour...

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Hair or Care…a Job to a Career

Hair or Care…a Job to a Career

In this edition of the LINC blog, programme graduate Hazel O'Connor recounts her career journey and the people who influenced her along the way.      Many moons ago, not long after leaving school, I found myself standing outside the door of my local FÁS...

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How to write a Curriculum Statement in Five Easy Steps

How to write a Curriculum Statement in Five Easy Steps

In the latest LINC programme blog, LINC Tutor Claire Butterly outlines five steps to writing a Curriculum Statement for your service.      This blog will guide you through the process of developing a curriculum statement. While curriculum statements were...

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Setting Focus: The Montessori Circle, Clontarf

Setting Focus: The Montessori Circle, Clontarf

In this edition of the LINC blog, Veronica Yeomans, programme graduate and Owner/Manager of the Montessori Circle in Clontarf in Dublin, describes her LINC experience and how—by tweaking your environment—you can help children come through their problems and feel more...

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My LINC Journey: Melanie’s Story

My LINC Journey: Melanie’s Story

In this week's blog, Melanie Flanagan Tierney from Early Days Montessori Playgroup in Kilmeague, Naas, Co. Kildare, and LINC programme graduate, describes how LINC gave her the confidence to continue her adult education journey after the programme had ended.  ...

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