Planned Room Project:
This month in Joey's room we are engaging and involving children in a room project based on sea animals. Children are participating in various activities learning about sea animals. Today the children were participating in making a star fish. Sandra (educator) cut up some star fishes from card board paper. Sandra's idea was for the children to glue some cheerios ( cereal )onto the star fish. I went to the kitchen and brought out to the table some cheerios from the kitchen. Pippa, Jenayah, Navaeh and Abuk were the first to join me on the table. Sandra offered them the glue stick and the star fish papers. Pippa started to glue on the star fish paper. Sandra and I helped the other children to glue on the star fish paper. Then we offered the cheerios cereal in a bowl for them to glue. Jenayah and Pippa started to glue them. Then Hunter joined the table and he started to eat the cheerios. After seeing Hunter eating the cheerios Jenayah started to eat the cheerios from her star fish. When I offered her cheerios in a bowl, she said "No" and started to eat the ones she glued to the star fish instead. Now Nevaeh thought this looks good and followed her. The children started to eat the cheerios instead of gluing them onto the star fish. When they finished eating the cheerios Sandra offered the children some dot painting textas to stamp on the star fish instead. The children happily stamped their star fish. The children had fun time eating cheerios and then stamping colours on to the star fish. After the activity Sandra hang the star fish up with all the other art works they have been doing.
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 in this learning experience took active participating in painting the star fish with dot-painting texta.
This learning experience can be linked to Gardner's theories. He saw the arts and creativity as playing major roles in children's learning. Children are able to explore many cognitive concepts through their play and creative explorations.
Critical Reflection: In this experience I was able to be flexible and follow the children's cue as they decided to eat the cheerios rather than glue them on the star fish. I was then able to extend and use the dot textures to create their pieces of art. Follow Up: Different sensory sea animals. Links to STEAM- Arts