Spontaneous: This morning the children were not really engaging in play so I thought I would go and find some chalk and encourage them in some form of drawing. I started with Marlee and Pilar they sat down next to me and started to make lines using different coloured chalk each time. Jenayah and Nathan came over so I handed them some chalk too. Nathan at first wanted to eat the chalk but after explaining and showing him what to do he managed to draw on the floor. Jenayah liked the colours and picked a different one each time she even tried to name the colours which was wonderful. Lucas quietly come over to join in picking his coloured chalk and then sitting next to Marlee to do his art piece. Kavith was standing back watching so with some encouragement from myself he joined the group making lines and wiggly strokes. Hunter came running right through the group trying to find some chalk knocking over the children along his way but managed to find some chalk and sit down for a short moment. Eloise is still finding her feet but did a great job of sitting next to me and bending over to draw and as she did she would point to her work saying" Look" drawing. Elya loves to join in any activity and was quick to put her hand out for some chalk and then finding a spot to sit and draw at times squealing in delight at her work. Pilar sat on the floor and drew for a while, used different colour chalks. Elijah and Nevaeh joined the group, tried a bit and moved away to play with baby toys. Isaiah was last to join the group but was happy to have some chalk and draw some lovely straight lines.
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. Children love to learn new skills so today I encouraged the children to have a go at drawing.
This learning experience can be linked to Gardner's theories. He saw the arts and creativity as playing major roles in children's learning.
Critical Reflection: As an educator by giving the children the tools(chalk) to draw help them with their fine motor skills, the use of muscle strength, language skills and to use their imagination. Follow up: Continue to encourage children's ability to draw.