Instead of being busy documenting moments, we need to just allow ourselves to be 'in' the moment with children (Bass & Walker, 2016. Early Childhood Play Matters).

Childhood is a specific time in the lifespan which serves a number of specific purposes. One is to not have to carry the burden of adulthood.

Not all children are ready to learn the same thing at the same time in the same way.
Kathy Walker

Not all children are ready to learn the same thing, at the same time, in the same way. Kathy Walker

it is better to fail in originality than to succeed in imitation. ( Herman Melville)

Not all children are ready to learn the same thing at the same time in the same way. ( Walker, K, 2007)

"The important thing is not so much that every child should be taught, as that every child should be given the wish to learn." - John Lubbock

"Children must be taught how to think, not what to think." - Margaret Mead

"The intention of the learning environment is to give children exposure to a range of materials, resources and experiences that give them practice in skill refinement, in language development, in creativity, and in play." - Kathy Walker

"It is a happy talent to know how to play." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

“To reach real peace in the world, we will have to begin with the children.” - Gandhi

"Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world." - Nelson Mandela

"Children are not mini adults. To recognise that childhood is different from adulthood is not patronising, it's actually respectful and a fact!" - Kathy Walker

“Play is our brain's favourite way of learning.” - Diane Ackerman

“Man does not cease to play because he grows old; man grows old because he ceases to play.” - George Bernard Shaw

"A deeper understanding of the child empowers us as educators to deepen relationships and educate appropriately and proactively." - Kathy Walker

“Before we can guide and support our children we need to understand ourselves as parents and educators.” - Kathy Walker

"He who dares to teach must never cease to learn." - Richard Henry Dann

“Play is the most natural state of being.” – Kathy Walker

"Creative people are curious, flexible, persistent, and independent with a tremendous spirit of adventure and a love of play." - Henri Matisse