Spontaneous: This afternoon the Joeys room children were playing indoor. They all explored their own ideas and also had a shared play experience. I placed some playdough on the table. Elya, Hunter and Nathan joined me on the table. I placed them some playdough cutters for them along with the playdough. Hunter chose a bike cutter, Elya chose a helicopter cutter and Nathan chose the letter 'C'. They played together nicely for a while. Ezekaiah played with the magnetic blocks. He had all the blocks to himself, he stacked them one after another. He happily played sitting on the floor. Ayiik as usual is very fond of bead frames. This time he is interested with a baby bead frame. While Ayiik was playing with the bead frame Elisha came near him and tried to grab Ayiik's bead frame. Ayiik got upset. I gave another bead frame to Elisha. Both Ayiik and Elisha were happy and played with their bead frames. Malual played with the plastic Duplo blocks. He seemed happy and instead of constructing the blocks he just threw the blocks on the floor one after another. Louie was happy this afternoon and he was interested in playing with the baby puzzles. I offered him the puzzles along with other baby toys. Louie chose the animals puzzles to play with. The children in the Joeys room had a relaxed play and they seemed very settled.
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Outcomes: 4: Children are confident and involved learners Elements: 4.1 Children develop a growth mindset and learning dispositions such as curiosity, cooperation, confidence, creativity, commitment, enthusiasm, persistence, imagination and reflexivity. The children were confident and curious in exploring their own ideas in their play.
This learning experience can be linked to Gesell's theories. He believes that brain development, gross motor and fine motor capabilities occur most automatically without learning or instruction.
Critical Reflection: As an educator I encouraged children to engage in both individual and collaborative explorative learning processes. I valued and responded positively to children's attempts to initiate interactions and conversations. Observing children having a free play allows me to find children's interest and it helps me to set activities for children based on their interest. Follow Up: More free play activities.