Last Friday Emily and I changed the Joey's room around to give the children some new activities for them to engage in. So, this morning as the group arrived I noticed them walking around looking at all the new environment's. I noticed Ruby head straight over to the home corner exploring all the new implements. Ruby then called over Pico and A to come and join her. Ruby said, "sit down girls I'm going to make you some cakes", the girls replied "Ok". Ruby then found a bowl and started to mix and when she thought it was right, she then poured the mixture into a muffin tin with some silicone cupcake inside. Ruby then puts it in the oven she also puts a Frankfurt onto the girl's plates and says, "here you go". A replies "thank you". Pico then said to the girls "do you want me to make a cup of tea". "Oh yeah you can do that, and I'll check the cakes," said Ruby. Pico pours the tea into the cups and said, "all ready". Ruby then goes to pull the muffin tin out of the oven when A goes "be careful it might be hot". Ruby replied "nah" then they all have giggle Ruby then gives Pico a cake then she hands one to A. The girls eat and drink then Ruby jumps up and said, "hey let's go over to block area". The girls follow then working together they make a tower it starts to get big then as A puts a piece on it falls. The girls laughed and said, "let's do it again", so A looks back at me and with a smile continues building with the girls. Hunter in the meantime is up and walking and just loves to explore all areas of play and to be involved with the children pushing in and trying to get everything they have so he can do it too. The children are good with him and hand him anything so he can join in the only time they don't want him near is when they build a tower or make something with the magnetic tiles, and they don't want him to tip it down as he does like to do that. They call out to an educator for some help and we engage Hunter in some other activities to keep him interested as they continue with their play.
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. Children in the cooking play experience were learning real life tasks that will provide useful information in their later life.
This learning experience can be linked to Dewey's theories. He believes that the education of young children is child-centered, active and interactive. Education should also reflect the child's interest.
Critical Reflection: Educators rearranged the room and this provided opportunities for the children to engage in different types of play in this case the children enjoyed the home corner with all the new implements. Children were able to use conversations to converse with each other as they made cups of tea and cakes to also building in home corner working as a team. Follow up: Add some real ingredient's to home corner.