Tuesday, September 24, 2013
I watched this unfold the other day, and it was really interesting. Amin Erden found this old camera and was very intrigued with it. He spent some time looking at it, exploring it, figuring this thing out. He didn't need me to tell him "hold it this way", "press here", "do this, do that". All he needed was a moment to look closely at something for himself, think about it for a bit, and then he was happy to move on. Since then he has had a go at the camera that actually works, and has been exploring a little bit of photo taking (which almost all children are naturally fascinated by) but I am so glad that I caught this little moment of deep exploration (a spontaneous hug from a friend didn't stop him in his tracks- he was really engaged in this!), even if it was brief. It showed me again children's hunger for knowledge, for experiencing things for themselves, for thinking outside of the box, for research- for doing what they do best! :-) Give your children the space to "figure things out" and then marvel as they explore an follow up on those ideas and discoveries!
Monday, September 16, 2013
- Jacqueline Kennedy
I have written about children and reading before. I am sure that I will write about it again, because it is something that is so important, and that I am very passionate about. Reading is such a vital part of our lives. Yes, for every day important things- reading a recipe, reading and writing a note, sending an email... all of those. But it is also so important for opening minds, broadening world views, discovering possibilities, imagining, dreaming... and enlarging a child's world, as Jacqueline Kennedy put it so beautifully.
I spotted Enerel reading to herself the other day. It was so awesome to watch this little person "read" the pictures as she saw them. She can't read the words (just yet!) and her story that she read did not sound the same as the one the author wrote. But... what she is doing here is developing her love for books, developing her love for words and creating a story, developing her skills of making meaning from pictures. So much happening!
I caught some of it on video... (watch it, it is great!) :-)
I later noticed that she happened to be sitting on a pile of books.
"What's this?" I asked her. "These are my favourite books. I'm going to read them when I finish this one!" :-) Wow! A confident, enthusiastic and competent reader- right here!
Reading is so important- so please let your children read! Whether in the classroom or at home- read to them, read WITH them, let them read to their teddies, or to a sibling or a friend, let them read to YOU, let them freely explore books and help foster a skill (and a joy!) for life! :-)
Monday, September 2, 2013
As a teacher I love to provide the children in my care with lots of different materials to explore, lots of items that will draw interest and curiosity, and the 'real-deal' items (rather than just replicas) for children to interact with. However, at Dream Family, our space is very limited and I realised that we had got stuck in a bit of a rut. The children were playing the same kind of play day in day out, bringing out ALL of those items, and then in the end having a lot of work to do when it was time to clean up.