Spontaneous Our lemon tree has grown beautiful yellow lemons, on Friday me and Sandra picked two lemons that were ready. The children were given the chance to smell the lemon and hold the lemon. Marlee was able to go share the lemon with her peers. Today when we came down to the joey's room, I showed the joeys the lemon and asked if they would like to taste the lemon. Elya said 'yes' as she nodded. I went into the kitchen and cut out one of the lemons into smaller pieces on a tray, I added salt and sugar on the side of the tray. I came back into the room and showed the Joeys, I encouraged the Joeys to sit together. I offered each of the Joey a piece of lemon to taste. Kavith wasn't interested in tasting the lemon. Jack, Marlee and Elya love the taste of the lemon. I asked the Joeys what the lemon tasted like, Hunter's facial expression says it all, Ezekaiah had a little taste and threw it away, Elijah had a taste and he didn't like it. By the look on everyone's face, Lucas refused to taste the lemon. Elliot and Ezekaiah were more interested in the other whole lemon. We offered the children a pitch of salt and sugar to taste with the lemon, Marlee was the only one that was interested.
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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 in this learning story were exploring their sense of taste, touch and smell.
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 experiment. These principles underpin all cognitive development.
Critical reflection: As an educator, we were able to model inquiry processes, including wonder, curiosity and imagination, try new ideas and take on challenges we were also able to provide resources that offer challenge and surprise, support their investigations and share their enjoyment. Children were provided with sensory and exploratory experiences with natural and processed materials. Follow up: Making lemonade with the children