This morning the weather was sunny and warm so we took the children outdoors to explore their environment's. Nathan straight away went to the babies area on the stage where he started to play with the baby toys. He was very much interested with a baby book where he sat and turned pages with interest while looking at the colourful pictures. Brian was very much interested in the Dinosaur toy and while he was playing with the Dinosaur he started to made Dinosaur sounds. I noticed he had little blue dinosaur picture on his jumper so I said to him do you have a dinosaur on your jumper he looked up at me and gave a great big smile. Hunter was surrounded by possum room children and he was quite happy to be around the children before wondering off to play near the slide. The possum room children found a ball and started to play with it when Hunter saw this he immediately followed the children around as they played. I noticed this and found him a big brown ball he was so happy that he tried to bounce the ball with his hands and when the ball moved he chased it. It was so funny to watch. Elya played with the toy counter on the mat she tried really hard to push the colourful buttons on the counter. Then after awhile she moved away to play on the rocking boat with some other children.
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. The children were enthusiastic and curious to explore their own ideas through free play.
This learning experience can be linked to Steiner's theories. He believes that children need free, creative play to develop their spirit, bodies and minds.
Critical reflection: As educators we provided opportunities for children to have a free play to explore their own interest and ideas. We set up both indoor and outdoor with resources based on children's interest. I had positive conversations with children and encouraged them throughout their play. Follow Up: Continue providing opportunities for free play.