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School and the Magic of Children



May 2020 | 232 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

In this book, I share with you an alternative to the ‘school’ of today. A way of creating the conditions for you to go on an adventure with children. Education should not be a predetermined journey with map already drawn, with no ability to leave the path or pause. It should be a co-adventure.

This co-adventure can only take place when we take the first step into the unknown. This can feel daunting and can open us up to questions and uncertainty. However, once we do take that first step, an adventure lies ahead like no other – an adventure so magical that it can and will change everything. And the reason that this adventure is so special is that it will take you into the very soul of children and of yourself.

In these pages, I offer you an invitation. It comes from my head and heart to speak to yours. It is not didactic. It is a way to create the conditions for the magic of children to thrive.

- Greg


 
Part 1 The Essential self
 
Chapter 1 – head and heart
 
Chapter 2 – the roots of learning
 
Chapter 3 – control, conformity, curriculum
 
Chapter 4 – the illusion of learning
 
Chapter 5 – programming children
 
Chapter 6 – love and architecture
 
Chapter 7 – a new soul: The Essential Self
 
Chapter 8 – the spiral
 
Chapter 9 – co-researching, co-adventuring and the importance of intrigue
 
Chapter 10 – play: what is it in school?
 
Chapter 11 – the magic of children
 
Chapter 12 – leaving the factory
 
Chapter 13 – the 3Ms
 
Chapter 14 – the passport of planning
 
Chapter 15 – the golden triangle: engaging environments, quality teaching, emotional connection
 
Chapter 16 – the magic mirror
 
Part 2 – Drawing Club
 
Chapter 17 – clubs
 
Chapter 18 – the great big beauty of story
 
Chapter 19 – the great big beauty of drawing
 
Chapter 20 – language
 
Chapter 21 – story telling, books, time out of joint
 
Chapter 22 – modelling
 
Chapter 23 – the 3Ms and the connection to drawing
 
Chapter 24 – Drawing Club and the magic mirror
 
Chapter 25 – the possibility
 
Part 3 – Play Projects
 
Chapter 26 – why Play Projects?
 
Chapter 27 – the building blocks of play
 
Chapter 28- getting started
 
Chapter 29 – continuous provision
 
Chapter 30 – developing projects
 
Part 4 – Pages from the Green and Black books
 
Part 5 - Photographs

A different approach which gives lots of food for thought and reflection. As an early years specialist I echo the book's sentiments. I love the focus on creativity in all its guises.

Mrs Kathleen Piercey
Institute of Education, Reading University
March 12, 2020

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