Planned:This morning, I began exploring the different bins with the children. I collected some items for them to sort into our red, yellow and green bins. I asked the children, "What is this?" (Pointing to the bins). They all said, "Bins". I asked, "Does anyone know what the yellow bin is for?" Laye said, "Recycling bin". Kelly asked, "What does recycling mean?" No one knew the answer, so she explained, "It is things that we can recycle and reuse, such as bottles, paper and tins". I asked if anyone knew what went into the red and green bins. However, no one had an answer. I explained that the red bin was for all our general household rubbish, such as food, plastics and clothes, and the green bin was for grass, sticks and leaves. I then gave each child an item and asked if they could tell me which bin it was meant to go in. Only a few of the children knew the correct bin, mainly things that belonged in the recycling bin. Most of the other children were unsure of which bin and needed more guidance on deciding which bin it belonged in. We will continue to learn about our bins and where our rubbish ends up if it does not go in the correct bins.
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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. This activity allowed the children to think about our rubbish and which bin our rubbish needs to go in. This will continue to develop their respect and care for our environment.
Rudolf Steiner: This learning experience can be linked to Steiner's theories. He believes that providing real-life tasks for children gives them a sense of belonging and connectedness.
Critical Reflection: This activity went well. The educators were able to guide and support the children throughout the experience and prompt them by asking questions and providing relevant information. However, I did not expect not many of the children to know which bin each item belonged in. Next time I would start this concept by showing them what goes in each bin, why and what happens if we do not put our rubbish in the correct bins. Follow Up: Watch a video about what happens if we do not put our rubbish in the correct bins.