(Planned: Project sensory play)This morning the Joeys were very busy exploring their indoor environment due to the rain. I planned to provide the Joey children with different sensory materials and items. I went searching in the storage room, I found a safe portable mirror, sensory caterpillar and colour changing squeezable ball. Hunter was eager to explore these items, Hunter had a turn with the colour changing ball. Nathan wanted a turn too, I encouraged Hunter to let Nathan have a turn by providing Hunter with the portable mirror. Hunter was very interested in looking at his facial expressions in the mirror, he made a crying face because he still wanted the ball, he then made a smiling face as he looked at himself, he laugh, he went around showing his facial expressions to Kylie. Abuk had a turn after Hunter, Abuk was looking at her eyes, mouth, nose and ears in the mirror. Lucas had a turn, he was excited to see his face in the mirror. Huda was very good at sharing the sensory caterpillar, she had two caterpillars she offered the green one to the Hunter, Hunter enjoyed exploring the caterpillar in his mouth. Kylie set up big block play for the children, Jack, Lucas, Elya, Aarvi and Pilar had a wonderful time exploring and extending their gross motor skills in front of the big mirror. Next, I set a painting activity, Jack knew exactly what he had to do with the painting, all the Joeys had turned with the painting.
Link to Pedagogical Documentation
Outcomes: 3: Children have a strong sense of wellbeing Elements: 3.2 Children take increasing responsibility for their own health and physical wellbeing. The Joeys in this learning story were able to participate in a variety of sensory and physical play.
The Joey's are in the sensory-motor stage of Piaget Theory, they explore the world around them through movement and senses.
Critical reflection: Our day went well the Joeys were able to explore their indoor environment. As an educator, I waas able to provide a wide range of tools and materials to resource children's fine and gross motor skills, I was able to re-direct Hunter to encourage him to share. The mirror was a great tool to show the Joeys about their emotions and positive ways responses emotions by supporting their understandings of emotional regulation and self-control. Follow up: Exploring different sensory play (January project )