Planned Experience:The older children in the Joeys room were interested in Volcanos. So Kylie and Sandra planned to make a Volcano experience with the children. Sandra collected the required resources for the experience. A tray of sand, vinegar, bi-carb soda and red food colour. Sandra placed all the resources on the table. Sandra got a white board and drew a mountain and explained to children about volcanoes. Sandra asked Kylie to do the experiment. Kylie started the experiment and said that we need wet sand. Sandra poured water to the sand and Kylie mixed the water with sand and build like a little tower. Then she placed a tube into the sandr. Kylie placed bi-carb soda and few drops of red food colour into the tube with a spoon and she poured some vinegar into the tube. Now we saw bubbles come out of the tube in red colour. Children got excited. Hunter shouted "volcano, volcano" in excitement. Nathan said "very hot". Dylan shouted "wow" in excitement. Elya said "more". Kylie did the same process one more time and Ayiik came and joined in the group. He touched and played with the sand and then he moved away. The children were excited and happy. They keep telling "more, more". Kylie said "we will do tomorrow again".
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Outcomes: 4: Children are confident and involved learners Elements: 4.1 Children develop a growth mindset and learning dispositions such as curiosity, cooperation, confidence, creativity, commitment, enthusiasm, persistence, imagination and reflexivity. The children in the learning experience were excited to learn about volcanos. They were curious and cooperative to learn more about Volcanos.
This learning experience can be linked to Piaget's theories. He believes that children need to be able to see, touch, taste, smell, move and hear the things they are learning about. this is called 'concrete learning'.
Critical Reflection: The educators in Joeys room are planning expereinces based on children's interest. We were able to do intentional teaching with the children by showing them how a volcano erupts.Follow Up: More science experience based on children's interest.