Planned Today we continued with creating Christmas decorations. We got children to trace their hand on the paper and cut it out using scissors to turn it into a Christmas tree and then decorate it with various paper cutouts and loose parts. Grace and Emilia could trace their own hand, cut around them using scissors, and decorate it independently. The Joeys, on the other hand, needed assistance with the tracing and cutting; Jayden, Hunter, Lucas and Tilly attempted to cut the paper to decorate her tree and spent a lot of time decorating. Asna, James, Garang, and Gok also attempted to cut their tree but could not persist instead was able to cut pieces of paper to decorate. Nyibol and Kristiayn attempted to cut and were able to cut, not quite the shape of their hand, but it was nice to see they didn't give up. It was great to see Jenayah attempting to cut using one hand only, and she was able to decorate as well.
Link to Pedagogical Documentation
Outcomes: 3: Children have a strong sense of wellbeing Elements: 3.1 Children become strong in their social and emotional wellbeing. The children seek out and accept new challenges, make new discoveries, and celebrate their own efforts and achievement they demonstrate trust and confidence.
Vygotsky's Theories in Practice • Vygotsky's zone of proximal development means that children learn with the guidance and assistance of those in their environment. • Educators will know that children will need assistance and will know when to step in and guide the child to support them in the learning process. • Children need interactions on a one-to-one basis and these conversations will assist their learning.
Critical reflection: This activity was planned to extend children's interests and further develop their eye-hand coordination, fine motor, concentration skills and creativity. Children enjoyed this activity, and as an educator, I was able to assist the younger children with the hard tasks, such as cutting and tracing, but it was nice to see them attempting. Follow up: continue with Xmas decoration.