Learning through play - 10th August 2022
Spontaneous The Joeys have shown a wonderful interest in doll play lately, to extend Joey's interest, today I set up a play area with a basket of different multicultural dolls and feeding bottles. I went looking for doll clothing, but there was nothing to be found, I then decided to provide the children with little joey's spare clothing which included underwear, socks, shirt and pants. I encourages the Joeys to sit with me on the mat, I demonstrated to the Joeys how to dress and undress the baby dolls. Elya said 'Marrah my turn', I asked Elya to choose her doll and clothing for her doll. Elliot, Aarvi, Nathan, Pilar, Jack and Hunter came to the basket to choose their dolls and clothing. I showed Joey socks and then what part of our body we put socks on, also showed Joey my feet with socks on, Nathan came closer and pointed to my feet. I acknowledged Nathan. I showed Joey underwear and asked the Joeys the same questions. Elya pointed to her bottom, Hunter then decided to put the underwear on his head which made his peers laugh. I demonstrated the right use of the underwear to Hunter and his peers. Hunter did find joy placing the underwear on his head. Jack and Elliot needed support to dress their dolls. I provided the Joeys with a little feeding bottle, Sean showed an interest in feeding the doll and Kavith was involved in on-looker play.
Link to Pedagogical Documentation
Outcomes: 1: Children have a strong sense of identity Elements: 1.1 Children feel safe, secure, and supported. Children in this learning experience were able to build on their own social experiences to explore other ways of being.
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.
Critical Reflection: The Joeys really enjoy this learning experience, most of the Joeys needed support from their educators to dress their dolls, it was great to know that Joeys were able to identify the right clothing for the right body parts. The learning experience gives the Joeys the opportunities to engage independently with tasks and play. As an educator, I was able to provide intentional teaching and scaffold the children's learning by helping them to learn in their own phases. Through demonstration, I was able to provide the joeys with different strategies to be able to dress their dolls. The experience allows the Joeys to extend their social skills through group interactions, and their self-help skills through real daily tasks. I was able to recognize and value children's involvement in learning, linking the children's learning by dressing the dolls and then feeding the doll encourages the children to be engaged in their learning and interest. I was also able to provide the Joeys with visual resources that offer challenge, intrigue and surprise, support their learning and share their enjoyment. Follow-up: Dress-up play