Spontaneous: Our day went well, the children participated in the different learning experiences, the first experience was making bracelets, rings and bunny ears with pipe cleaners the children were provided with different colours of the pipe cleaners on the table. I encouraged the Joeys and possums to join me, Novia, Grace, Pico and Abuk and Allure all came to the table. Novia said she wants to make bunny ears like me, Novia was given the choice to choose what colour pipe cleaner she would like, Novia chose pink she said "because pink is her favourite colour". Allure also chose green pipe cleaner to make heart bracelets. Pico chose a pink pipe cleaner to make a love heart bracelet with help from Felicity. Abuk wanted a ring, I helped Abuk put her ring on her finger, and Abuk was able to show me which finger she wanted her ring on. Next Daphne, Novia, Nathan, Hunter and Nyiel went picking autumn leaves to make faces using different colour textas. I set up the table with the leaves and texta's, Novia and Daphne were very eager to have a turn, Grace said "she would like to do something else", and I went inside and found Uno cards for the children to play. Grace was very interested in playing with the Uno cards, I asked if she knew how to play the game Grace Nodded and said 'no'. I asked Sandra to demonstrate to Grace how to play the Uno , Sandra sat with Grace, Nahad, Allure, Alex, Nyiel and Abuk came and Joined Sandra on the mat. At our lunchtime group time, Yvette reminded the children that Monday will be Anzac day, Yvette read a story called 'Last we forgot'. Yvette discuss the meaning beyond Anzac day and she explained to the children that will listen to 'The last post" on Tuesday.
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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 this learning story were able to participate in a variety of rich and meaningful inquiry-based experiences.
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: The Joeys have really been enjoying the possum yard, they are able to explore the big yard, especially the sandpit this is a great learning opportunity for the Joeys, I was able to provide resources that foster fine -motor and creativity skills, and I was also able to encourage children to engage in interactions with their peers to promote and extend their expressive language skills. Follow up: More Spontaneous activities and experiences with the children