Building Blocks - 6th July 2022
Spontaneous: The Joeys got to spend some time outside today to blow off some steam while we had a break in the rain. Massa (educator) bought out a box of blocks for the Joeys to build with. While we were building, Jack was telling us all about the colours of the blocks. Jack did a great job going through all his colours of his blocks that he had labeling them correctly. Kylie (educator) asked Lucas what colour blocks he was building with mentioning that it could be a tricky colour because we don't talk about it too much. Lucas wasn't sure but Jack happily told Kylie that it was white. Lucas repeated the colour and when asked later what colour it was he was able to correctly label it as white. Kavith enjoyed building a structure with the long green blocks linking them up at the ends creating a square that he build upwards. While Kavith was showing me his blocks, Hunter was also telling me the colours of his blocks, telling everyone around him that he had green ones. Hunter was very proud of his green blocks. Elijah was using his blocks to make a big cube like structure. He was making sure to stack his blocks on top of every one making sure he didn't leave any gaps. Ezekaiah wanted to join in on the fun and crawled over to see what everyone was doing. He pulled himself up to the block bucket and reached his arm into grab a block. As everyone had begun to move away Ezekaiah decided to pull the bucket down so that he would have access to all the blocks in which he just sat in the middle of and smiled.
Link to Pedagogical Documentation
Outcomes: 4: Children are confident and involved learners Elements: 4.1 Children develop dispositions for learning such as curiosity, cooperation, confidence, creativity, commitment, enthusiasm, persistence, imagination and reflexivity. The joeys showed curiosity and exploration of the block bucket and used their knowledge to confidently label blocks and build structures.
Burner states that "play contributes to childrens ability to problem solve by increasing their behavioral options and suggests block play encourages inventive thinking and logical reasoning.
Critical reflection: The Joeys used their thinking skills and previous learning in their experience. By turning an experience as simple as placing blocks in the learning environment, we learnt that the joeys have begun to show a good knowledge of their colours and also showed what colours we may need to work on. Future planning: Colour matching game