FOLLOW UP - 03/05/21
Our Joeys have shown growing interest in the creative arts. Extending this interest we set out a large scale painting experience with stampers. Before the experience began, I gathered the Joeys together to explain what the experience is. Together we discussed how we should place ourselves around the large piece of paper to enable each Joey to paint comfortably. We then discussed about how to respectfully use our resources by stamping only on the paper and not on the floor. Our Joeys were eager to begin exploring and jumped right into painting, the moment our discussion was over. As the children engaged in the experience I engaged children in conversation about the the colours they were using. I also initiated sharing between the children as I asked children if they were interested in swapping colours amongst themselves. They took this idea on board and began swapping their stampers with assistance from me. The younger children were drawn into the experience by the crowd. They watched their peers intently, observing their actions and the marks on the paper left afterwards. Seeing the marks on the floor, they would attempt to try and pick it up seemingly thinking it was an object. They soon realized it was not an object and began rubbing at the paper to see what would happen. When stampers were left on the floor, the younger Joeys were seen to pick this up and begin bopping it up and down mimicking the actions of their peers. The Joeys demonstrated growing skills in identifying colours. They were able to identify the colours purple, green, blue and red. The younger children although somewhat inexperienced in using the resources, were able to learn by watching their peers. They demonstrated their observational skills as they mimicked the actions of others. They showed their growing cognitive skills by using trial and error within their play as they attempted to pick up the painted marks on the floor and swiping their hands across the paper to see what would happen.
Link to Pedagogical Documentation
Outcomes: 1: Children have a strong sense of identity Elements: 1.1 Children feel safe, secure, and supported. Children have shown they are able to respond to ideas and suggestions from others as they eagerly began swapping their stampers amongst each other.
Outcomes: 2: Children are connected with and contribute to their world Elements: 2.1 Children develop a sense of belonging to groups and communities and an understanding of the reciprocal rights and responsibilities necessary for active community participation. Children have shown they are able to use their social surroundings to explore other ways of being as the younger Joeys began to mimic the actions of their peers.
Outcomes: 3: Children have a strong sense of wellbeing Elements: 3.2 Children take increasing responsibility for their own health and physical wellbeing. Children are able to extend their fine motor skills and spatial awareness as they engage in the experience manipulating resources and being mindful of where they should place their bodies as they painted.
Outcomes: 4: Children are confident and involved learners Elements: 4.3 Children transfer and adapt what they have learned from one context to another. Children have demonstrated their ability to mirror and repeat the actions of others as the younger Joeys mimic the actions of their older peers.
Outcomes: 5: Children are effective communicators Elements: 5.3 Children express ideas and make meaning using a range of media. Children are able to use arts and crafts as means to express themselves and create meaning in their ideas.
Critical Reflection:I had discussions with the children about the experience which promotes children's language skills and their ability to listen and follow instruction. I explained the rules of drawing only on the paper build children's awareness and respect for their learning resources and environment. Most of our Joeys were able to follow through with these instructions with some needing reminders to paint on the paper. I promoted sharing skills through active discussions with children, strengthening and building relationships between children. Follow Up: More art and craft activities. Links to STEAM - Arts and Mathematics