Blooming Curious

Blooming Curious

Blooming Curious explores teaching strategies for early childhood classroom and home educators to keep young children curious - integrating inquiry, nature, and play based learning in children’s everyday experiences to foster a lifelong love for learning. Get inspired to ignite kids' sense of wonder and curiosity by integrating inquiry-based learning into your everyday lessons and simultaneously equip kids with the skills they need to navigate an ever changing world, while you reignite your passion, and even meet curriculum requirements. Tune in every week for tried and tested tips and resources to help kids stay curious and wondering with your host Edwina Cottino of Ed’s Lessons. Click subscribe and feed your curiosity. Check out podcast episodes at and sign up to the Blooming Curious newsletter for strategies and resources to keep kids curious and loving learning. Check out the website at for blog posts and resources.


February 20, 2024 9 mins
In today's episode we explore how educators can encourage children to observe the world around them. Observation is the key that sparks curiosity! We talk about how we go about developing observation skills and the strategies that we can employ to get kids curious. Things like modelling, questioning, how to look for answers and even a bit of soul searching to ensure that we are setting a good example of what a curious person l...
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Observation provides teachers and educators with powerful data and insights to inform their teaching, and make decisions about what's best for their learners.  In this episode I explore different types of observations and provide some strategies to assist classroom and home educators to collect observations easily.

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Today on Blooming Curious we welcome Ashleigh Sharp. Ash is a former early childhood classroom teacher and now the founder of Play More, a business focused on the importance of letting children play freely with loose parts. The loose parts mindset enables children to be trusted, to be creative without adult interference, and lets kids (and adults!) learn as they play. Ash talks about avoiding controlled environments and lettin...
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The outdoor environment has the potential to be an extraordinary learning space that sparks curiosity and wonder in our children. The outdoor setting offers unique learning opportunities that can't be replicated indoors. In this episode we we unpack the secrets to crafting irresistible outdoor learning spaces and explore the keys to designing outdoor spaces that spark curiosity, foster creativity, and make learning an unforget...
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Explore the art of creating an inspiring indoor learning environment that fosters curiosity and nurtures holistic development in early childhood students.

In this episode we explore how we as both classroom and home educators go about preparing our indoor space for deep child centred learning.
We explore the benefits of a neutral colour pallet, organisation, setting up different learning zones, how to foster execut...
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In this the third episode of the Getting Started in teaching series, we explore timetables and scheduling in the early childhood classroom, including how to integrate inquiry-based learning into our daily teaching schedules, and the benefits of visual timetables.

As educators, we need to find the time to include all teaching areas into our already overcrowded weekly schedules. In this episode we explore how to schedule ...
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In this episode, we dive into the art of lesson planning by exploring the innovative strategy of integrating various subject areas within the curriculum. Join me as I unravel the intricacies of seamlessly blending multiple subjects to create comprehensive and engaging learning experiences for students.

Discover the immense benefits of integrating different curriculum areas and how this approach not only enhan...
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In this episode I unravel the significance of understanding your teaching beliefs. I know that starting out can feel like stepping into a maze, but fear not! I'm here to guide you through the wonderful world of educational philosophies in a clear and engaging way.

In this episode, I'll talk about something super important: your teaching compass, or as some call it, your educational philosophy. We'll chat abou...
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So as we come to the close of 2023, I encourage you to start pondering how you as an educator truly impacted the lives of children in your care. 

 And what about you? Did you grow? Are you just going do the same things next year as you did this past year? Or are you going to challenge yourself this coming year to try something a little different, to take a bit of risk, to have a go and get a ...
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Most adults (and many children) spend hours in front of a screen each day.  In fact, research from GWI reveals that the typical internet user now spends almost 7 hours per day using the internet across all devices. It’s crazy to think that statistic equates to a person spending 40 percent of their waking life online. The GWI’s broad global survey of internet users aged 16 to 64 also reports that we are spending 2 hours an...
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In today’s world where technology is easily accessible, it can be challenging to keep children off screens, especially during the holidays.

The constant exposure to technology can lead to a decrease in children’s natural curiosity and creativity. 

If you want your children to love learning and have curiosity, then check out these 24 fun learning activities that not only benefit your child’s learning but are...
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Technology is here to stay. It's a wonderful thing when used appropriately especially with and in front of young children.

They really don't need screens in the hands, when there are alternatives.

But in a world where everyone has a screen in their hands almost permanently, what alternatives are there for our kids? Especially when we are out in public places.

In today's episode I give you two simple altern...
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Does your home learning environment provide children with opportunities to explore and wonder?

Children love to learn about the world around them using their senses.

It makes sense then to create an environment for children that will allow them plenty of opportunity to do just that.

You don't need to invest in tons of plastic toys to create a stimulating environment, but we do need to take some time to thi...
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November 20, 2023 12 mins
Curiosity is the one trait that lifelong learners share, and the one trait that we educators and parents must ensure we foster in our children if they are to be interested in learning. Today I share 5 ways we can keep our kids curious so that learning becomes a pleasure instead of a chore.

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November 20, 2023 4 mins
Welcome to the first episode of the Blooming Curious podcast.

Today's episode is an introduction to what Blooming Curious is going to be about, and why I believe that curiosity is the cornerstone for learning.

Here is an article all about the importance of curiosty and learning.,activel...
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