Room Project: A few days ago we noticed a dragonfly in our room, we then saved it and decided to show our curious Joeys. This morning we brought it out and showed each child closely talking about its wings, eye colour, legs, tail and how many of each it has. Marlee said "blue eyes" and "four legs" when she looked at it. I noticed immediately Pilar and Hunter was extremely interested in the dragonfly looking at it very closely and keeping it close to themselves. Marlee and Pilar both responded with "fly!" when we asked them what the insect was called. When Nathan arrived, Pilar demonstrated a lot of kindness and showed him the dragonfly. Nathan was confused when he saw it, he wasn't sure if he wanted to like it or not. We demonstrated the sound a dragonfly makes and Lucas, Jack and Nathan became very excited. When Eloise saw the dragonfly she was happy and wanted to feel it, looking closely at its wings. After this we watched an educational video about dragonflies, it explained their lifestyle, habitat and growth.
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Outcomes: 2: Children are connected with and contribute to their world Elements: 2.4 Children become socially responsible and show respect for the environment. Children contributed in showing awareness for living and non living things. Investigating insects and exploring the development of our environment.
This learning experience can be linked to Piaget's theories. He believes the child is an active learner and that the child must be given opportunities to explore, discover and experiment. These principles underpin all cognitive development.
Critical Reflection: I believe this learning experience was adequate and effective for the children's growing knowledge about insects and respecting our environment . We shared information and provided children with access to resources about the environment and the impact of human activities on environments. We displayed appreciation and care for natural environments and were able to explore relationships with other living and non-living things and observe, notice and respond to change. Follow up: Continue looking at real life insects more closely such as ants and butterflies.