This morning I noticed that in our garden out the front we had an abundance of cherry tomatoes. So I thought lets pick some of the cherry tomatoes and see the reaction of the children. After picking the fruit the children and I sat down in a group. I started by showing the children the cherry tomatoes , Here I discussed the colour and the size of the tomatoes. The first question I asked the children was " what colour are the tomatoes, Aarvi and Mun straight away said red." Then I said picking up two different size tomatoes "which one is the biggest one" MM was the reply then Elya was holding out her hand for a taste of one. I handed out the cherry tomatoes to the children Hunter shook his head saying" No "but he did eventually try but it quickly came out with a "yuk". Nathan also wanted to try and it was the funniest thing he put it into his mouth and then he pulled the most funniest face and then out he spat the fruit. Elya didn't mind it as did Kavith asking for more. Pila wasn't too fussed and pulled faces which was too funny. Jayden put the tomatoe into her hand but she wasn't quite liking it so she put it onto the ground. Abuk and Elijah had a little taste but soon handed it back to me. Mun took the big one and tried a little bit but he also spat it out. Kylie, Massa and myself all had a try and we liked the taste. I found it funny that the children weren't to fussed as if Melissa had put it on the afternoon snack tray all children would have eaten at least one, Next we gave the children a cucumber to hold and feel this was met much better with all children holding and looking at the shape and the size of the cucumber. I handed Arnvi the cucumber as she sat on Massa's lap but she didn't like the feel of it. After the experience the children and I took the left over cherry tomatoes over to the planter pots in out yard here the children put the tomatoes into the soil and then we covered them over and we are all eager to see if they take off. Learning through play in nature provokes and interest in nature, sustainable living and learning of the envirnment.
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Outcomes: 2: Children are connected with and contribute to their world Elements: 2.4 Children become socially responsible and show respect for the environment. Children are enjoying picking and eating the produce we are growing in our garden.
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 experimen. These principles underpin their cognitive development.
Critical Reflection: In this experience I encouraged the children to taste the fruit and then we as a group planted the left over tomatoes into our garden pot to see over the next couple of weeks if we can watch and learn how the fruit grows. Follow up: Continue on with our project Sustainability.