Planned:This morning at group time, we discussed what the children know about transport. I began by explaining that transport takes people or things from one place to another. I then had pictures of different types of transport, but before I showed the children, I asked them, "Can someone tell me a type of transport?" Carter was first and answered, "Car". Sean said, "Bus", Dakoda said, "Bike", and Lucas said, "Plane". The children then got a bit stuck and were unsure of other types of transports, so I gave them a clue. I said, "What goes on the water that people travel on?" Asna said, "Boat", and Lucas said, "Submarine". Jo then gave the children another clue. She said, "When you are in the car, what other vehicles do you see on the road?" Dakoda said, "Taxi", Asna said, "Ambulance", Nyiel said, "Police" and Carter said, "Firetruck". The next clue Jo gave was, "What do builders need when they are working?" Asna said, "Excavator", Nathan said, "Dumptruck", and Laye said, "Digger". There were two pictures left, so Jo said, "What about a transport that goes around in laps?" Laye said, "Racecar". By the end of the discussion, the children better understood what transport is and the different types of transport.
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Outcomes: 5: Children are effective communicators Elements: 5.1 Children interact verbally and non-verbally with others for a range of purposes. This activity allowed the children to interact verbally with their peers and educators and engage in a group discussion. The children could share their thoughts and ideas and develop their communication skills.
This learning experience can be linked to Smilanski's theories. Smilanski believes that children develop and thrive in social settings and that the interactions between a child and their peers contribute to their creativity and intellectual growth.
Critical Reflection:This experience went well, and the children could share their thoughts and ideas about transport. The educators were able to provide examples and prompt the children by asking questions that required critical thinking. Follow Up: Draw an excavator.