Schema booklet for Parents   3 comments

One of the benefits of networking with a wide range of early years professionals, is that sometimes I get asked to review things. Not that many things so far – a couple of books, a few blogs before they are published, a couple of products designed to support practitioners, and a few play resources – but the list is growing!

On my recent trip to Keilhau on the Rediscovering Froebel trip with Community Playthings I met several people that I had not met before – and one of them was Stella.

Stella Louis to give her, her  full name,  is an early years consultant and trainer. Stella and I chatted several times over the few days that we were at Keilhau, and on the last evening Stella asked if I could do her a favour and review some ‘cards’ that she was  producing to support parents understanding of schemas. Naturally I said I would be delighted to.

Once back in England Stella emailed me the text for her booklet and asked for my comments, both as feedback to herself and as an official review.

First I should make it clear that I have not seen the final version yet – just the format and the actual wording. However, when I do see the finished product, I will add an update to this blog.

Format of the booklet                                                                                                                          The idea is the people can use the booklet as they wish, they can read it all at once OR they can dip in and out as they need to .Due to the small size of the booklet it is ideal for popping into a handbag or pocket, so can use when out and about, as well as at home.

Personally I think the best plan would be to have a quick look at all of the booklet, just to get an idea what schemas are; followed by ‘dip in and out’ as needed , so can read up on and then use the information to support children’s schemas as and when needed.

The booklet looks at the main types of schemas;  Trajectory, Rotation,  Enclosing, Transporting, Positioning ……and a few more.

Each schema is clearly described and it is easy to decide from the list of likely actions a child might do, if the child is exploring this schema or not. There are also some suggestions of things people can do / provide to support the children’s interests and developing schemas.

The ideas suggested are low cost and easy to provide – and you decide which would interest the child and which would not. I think that once  ideas have been explored that other similar or related ideas will be easy to think of because the of the way the schemas are explained.

Once you realise that a child is following a schema you will start spotting all the things the child does – and that they do it again and again.

Not all children develop schemas – although many do. Some children only develop one schema but some will develop several schemas- over a period of time – or even at the same time!

Although this booklet is designed for parents (and I wish I had had access to this sort of information when my own children were little) I think it will also be useful  for grandparents, early years professionals, students and anyone who wants to know a little bit about schemas and how to support children.

Bit more about Stella Louis                                                                                                                Stella  is an early years specialist with an international reputation as a trainer and consultant. She is the author of a number of books, including ‘Understanding Schemas in Young Children: Again! Again!’.  Stella has developed a sustained interest in working with parents and is involved in research on sharing knowledge of young children’s schemas with their parents.Her books can be found quite easily through an internet search.

3 responses to “Schema booklet for Parents

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  1. This booklet by Stella sounds fascinating and I’d be really interested in using her for a newsletter. Could you send me her details please?

  2. Great blog, Penny. I have always loved Stella’s work and passion for Schemas, etc.. The previous booklet went down very well with parents and great for Educators as well.

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