I really enjoy making educational arts and crafts as well as sensory activities. I also enjoy documenting the activities / lessons /arts & crafts I create in edited photos for Loorducation. The art of teaching and the fine art of education fascinate me. I believe in making learning fun. Learning is a hands on approach, using all senses for the ultimate learning experience. I love to design unique educational related items.
These photos and more can be found at http://www.constructivekinder.weebly.com. It is a website that I created as a part of a project for my MEd program. All photos are owned and edited by me.
I am an autism mommy and I love to share my son’s story as well as to educate and inspire others who have family on the spectrum. Many posts about JJ, I copy over to http://www.loorducation.blogspot.com so it can span a wider audience.
I share my vitual photo album at http://www.instagram.com/loorducation. That is where you can find the following photos and more.
I also share on http://www.pinterest.com/loorducation where I have a variety of boards to check out.
I started a http://www.facebook.com/loorducation last year. It just so happened to be a few months after I created this blog and opened http://www.twitter.com/loorducation – both were requirements for my MEd program. I had to start a blog and post things for my classes and it took a whole turn when I started sharing my son’s journey with autism. Just a few days ago, https://www.tumblr.com/blog/loorducation was created with hopes of broadening the scope of my brand, Loorducation.
Loorducation has also recently joined the Google+ Community, so we are getting all that together.
Come on over and say hi!! We are making our way around the interwebs. We hope you enjoy what we have to offer and share. There is so much more goodness to come. Thank you for being a part of this awesome journey.
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Dany Loor – M.Ed. , BSCS
founder – loorducation
making. learning. fun.
Things have been going great at Loorducation. We have been very active. This past week we made many different sensory bags. We also used kinetic sand and cornstarch mixed with water for great sensory fun. These experiences went very well. After all the hand son activities, JJ wanted to play school. Without being prompted, he started to write spelling words and continued to write and draw. This was excellent. The sensory activities calmed him down and worked up his fine motor skills to prepare his hands for writing – willingly. I loved it, we went with it. We played school. He was the teacher. He even had to put his glasses on. He gave me a spelling test and corrected it with a star and happy face. He was so excited. This was great. He was really into it. He loves school and loves to learn. I am very blessed. His writing skills are coming along well. By giving him options and well needed breaks in between homework from the school week, he feels more secure and less pressured. Thus, causing him to be engaged and engrossed in spontaneous learning activities. Which, in turn, will gear him up and ready him for the next week of school academics. When children feel well, they will learn well. That is the bottom line. The well being comes first.
Who wants to play? Young children want to play. Play is a child’s work. It is what they do. Play is what a child needs and desires for a healthy development. Playing is learning. Children are very tactile, that is how they learn and explore the world around them. Children are movers. They are sponges absorbing information from everyone and everywhere. In order for optimal learning to take place, a child must have the freedom to move about the learning environment using all of their five senses. Young children are very hands on, so giving them opportunities to express themselves in Kindergarten is ideal and beneficial for their growing minds. This is why a curriculum based on constructivism is necessary.
Constructivism is a philosophy of education that is based on experimental learning through real life experiences and hands on activities that will construct and condition knowledge. During the early years of school, children need to play and make sense of the world around them. It is desirable for children to be in an environment where the philosophy of education is aimed at the ultimate benefit of the child. An early math and literacy curriculum for Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten, where children are free to learn from hands on experiences is beneficial. Children are natural movers and explorers, and therefore it is only natural to prepare a curriculum for them that is based on their needs, desires and interests. The philosophy of constructivism is a solid foundation for productivity and growth in young children. A Constructive-play based curriculum encourages discovery, hands on, experimental and task based learning. A curriculum that is based on constructivism is something that children naturally depend on in order to succeed in their environment.
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Dany, B.S. Child Studies / M.Ed. candidate
I can not believe it is already week 6 of this module. Time is flying by. Counting this week, there are 3 left until the module ends. Then onto 2 more MEd core classes until December. May..I see you…after that 3 more classes to go. Not so bad. So basically if you are counting in semesters, I have 1 more to go. At Post University, I am in the Accelerated degree program which is half the time..and yeah so what are you majoring in?
Hey..do I get some of my student loans lowered if I mention my school again? Just taking a little break here then it is back to work and by work I mean..studying, planning, teaching, caring for my family, LEARNING, tweeting -@Loorducation http://www.twitter.com/loorducation, developing my brand- http://www.facebook.com/loorducation and more. It is all worth it. At this point I think they should just skip the Masters Degree and give me my Ed.D or PhD- I will take either one.
When you hear or see the words “open education” what do you think?
Let’s see open = not closed off/free..hmmm free education?? Excuse me, I will take that!!!
Open Education is something so vital. We all must take a look into. Imagine a world where knowledge is free to those who pursue it. Let’s remember that knowledge is power. With that said we can change the world for the better. Early Childhood Education is the foundation for success. Let us work on young children being able to attend school where their parents who are making minimum wage, would not even have to pay. Quality education can be free. With hard work, passion and determination- its feasible!! Let’s go!!!
What would you set forth to accomplish if open education was available for all as of today??
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Open education is a trend. It is a movement. Like many other trends, the positive aspects are presented first off. Just by the term open education alone brings a sense of peace and fascination. How can we pull off open education? After the initial learning of open education, the real concerns and questions arise.
Open education means to be free and available. How great would this be if everyone can get a free readily available education. Education should be a right and if it was truly open, how many people would exercise that right. Open education means eliminating barriers in education (McNally 2012). Just the term, open education alone seems promising. It is exciting to think that people can have an open education. But like with all great promising notions, especially that have to do with education, there are some big challenges that are to be faced along with it.
It is exciting to think of open education and to know that people who never even thought they had a chance at getting educated can have a chance to learn, thrive and succeed in this world.
It is free. Who wouldn’t go for it. Open education is available and out there ready for the whole world- the resources, information – all for everyone located in every part of the world (McNally 2012).
Without even having to pay to learn about information from authors, colleges and universities there is information ready to be soaked up by eager learners. Open education is an exciting trend. A while ago I came across a site from Yale which offered the syllabus, course content and all things pertaining to those certain subjects online. If one wanted to learn about it, the information from actual Yale professors were there. Of course in that situation, the only thing is you do not get a college credit for it but it was great to see that available.
Open education is a new idea but seems to be becoming quite popular now a days. We do not know everything about open education and as much as we know we will still need to find out so much more like how will open education survive? Where will the money come from? things of that nature.
It is so true that we want to learn. For the most part people want to learn and many obstacles, especially financial are hindering their desires. Knowing that people all over the world despite culture, ethnicity background and creed, poor etc. can receive a higher education is remarkable. It brings hope and promise to our world as a whole. So many people would like a higher education but money seems to always be like the first negative factor on why they are unable to further their education. Open education can rid this. “People want to learn. By providing free and open access to education and knowledge, we help create a world where people can fulfil this desire” according to article on openeducatioweek.com (Admin 2013). This access will be amazing but I can not help to keep thinking of the money issue and how we will truly reach the time where open education is available for all, used by many, taught by many. I love teaching. It is my passion but how will educators survive with open education? The student in me of course loves this idea greatly. As I wish our MEd courses were free ; ).
McNally, Michael. (2012, March 22). Democratizing access to knowledge: find out what open educational resources (OER) have to offer. Retrieved from http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W2IPOgl0ZE8
Admin. (February 26,2013). About open education. Retrieved from http://www.openeducationweek.org/about-open-education/
Great for my pre kindergärtners and those in all grade levels and beyond