🌟Home learning their way🌟
Working in Early Years you get to see first hand how important it is to let children and their interests guide the planning you set as a teacher.
I asked Molly on Sunday what theme she wanted for the week and gave some examples. She decided on a ‘seaside’ theme and we went on a little hunt around the house to see what she could find. We had some sand and shells, along with some mermaids 🧜♀️! So our beach tray was created first. Then I remembered some Playmobil I had put away for when Molly was older, an aquarium set, so set up the aquarium tray for her that night when she was in bed.
She was so excited to see the tray in the morning and played with it independently for a good half hour or so, but listening to her play it was clear that she had no idea what an aquarium was, and why would she, having not been to one since she was about 18 months old.
Ordinarily, I’d take her to an aquarium for the hands on experience, but obviously that’s not possible. So we watched YouTube videos, I modelled how to play with the Playmobil, we read stories and looked at pictures of different fish, we made our own aquarium.
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After just a few days, and all done through play, Molly now knows the word aquarium and what it means, she has context to her play, we’ve had a go at naming different fish, we’ve studied colours and shapes, and so much more is possible. She’s been learning, but most importantly, she’s loved every second.
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