Spontaneous:Today was my first day back from my wonderful trip to Fiji with my family. Mind you it was three years waiting for this to happen. So as I came into the service I found it very quite so I signed in and then went to put my things away and as I was walking down the hall I found this beautiful welcome back sign from my peers. And then to top it off the girls arranged a beautiful arrangement of food for us all to enjoy throughout the day. I started to walk outside to see everyone and the children all came running up to give me lots of love and cuddles and lots of questions of where I was. So at group time we sat the children down and here I showed the children some pictures of my holiday. I started with our first stop which was a boat trip out to Treasure Island were the water was magnificent shades of different coloured blue. Grace yelled out "wow how pretty". I then showed them some turtles we came across. James loved this as did Daphne saying "I like turtles". Alex said "I went to Fiji too". I then showed them the Iguana that was eating some Hibiscus flowers, "what?" said Kristiayn. All children were fascinated and wanted to see the picture over again. Next Island was Octopus another beautiful island with lots of beautiful fish and of course an Octopus sighting. Novia said "I don't like Octopus" as did Aryan who I met for the first time today and was very excited with the photos. Hunter was so inquisitive as he pushed his way in to see the photos. Last Island was the Blue Lagoon the best Island thus far with water so blue and lots of fish to see. The children all gasped as they saw the colour of the water and the beautiful sunsets. I showed a photo of a big spider I spotted on a tree and this James loved telling me a story about a spider he had at home. Zaiden said "I don't like spiders", "me too" said Allure. Jenayah wanted another look at the spider and then jumped back saying "Noo". Jude and Harry were so interested looking at the photos and commenting on the ones they liked. I then told them about how I swam with some Manta rays the children were fascinated saying "did I see a shark? " No way" I said. I would be out of the water if I saw one of them. The children all laughed. Last picture was of a bon- fire on the sand and some more beautiful sunsets.
Link to Pedagogical Documentation
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 explored a natural environment from another country.
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.
Critical Reflection: Here I had open ended conversations with the children about another country that was full of beautiful sunsets and blue coloured shades of water. Follow up: A book about Fiji.