Spontaneous: This morning the children went outdoors to explore after having sunscreen and hats. Kylie (educator) placed some papers and dot painting texta's on the art table. Nyiel, Jack, Pilar and Nathan were excited to start the activity first. When they were expressing their ideas and happily doing the painting activity, Hunter popped in and wanted to join the activity. I helped Hunter to sit on the table and offered him paper and a texta. I also showed him how to do the dot painting. He was excited and tried his best and then moved away to play with a ball. Aarvi and Kavith were on-lookers. When I invited them to join the activity they hesitated initially but I kept encouraging them and finally they decided to join in. Jude and Elya were playing in the slide. I invited them to join the activity when all others finished. They came immediately and engaged themselves in the painting activity. The children had fun time involving themselves in the dot-painting activity and exercising some fine motor skills and hand-eye co-ordination. They also shared the texta's well and experienced social skills through this activity
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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 children in this learning story were curious and confident in expressing their creativity in this dot painting activity.
This learning experience can be linked to Gardner's theories. He saw the arts and creativity as playing major roles in children's learning. Children are able to explore many cognitive concepts through their play and creative explorations.
Critical Reflection: I encouraged children to participate in the activity. I had one-on-one conversations with them throughout the activity asking about colours and shapes. I appreciated their effort and helped them to share resources with their peers. Follow Up: More art and craft activities. Links to STEAM - Arts