At Crookwell Early Learning Centre, we know that children learn best when they are interested and engaged. Using children’s interests as the basis for our curriculum decision-making helps to ensure that learning is not only interesting but also meaningful and relevant to children.
Over the last month we have looked at individual interest, and child-based goals.
This learning experience is an example of how our service supports one of our individual interests and learning goals.
One Monday morning a child rushed over to show us his dinosaur and explained all the dinosaurs features.
During the course of the morning he told us all about dinosaurs.
"They are big, tall, fast, scary spiky," he said.
Many of the children were really interested in hearing about the child's knowledge on dinosaur.
Later in the day the educator set up a dinosaur experience. When the child came in from outside the child found an area in the discovery room.
"Dinosaurs!" he said, very excitedly.
This experience involved green grass, dinosaurs trees, logs and natural objects.
The child sat down and explored the dinosaurs on the green grass.
We added some dinosaur pictures to the area, watched clips on dinosaurs and found a sheet that was child friendly on how to pronounce the dinosaurs names. The child worked really hard on practising how to say their names.
This was very tricky but the child did wonderful pronouncing them to the best of his ability.
As some follow up dinosaur experience we provided the children with engaging, inviting and creative ways to involve dinosaurs. We used kinetic sand, slime, and play dough. The children have had fun exploring different ways of investigating dinosaurs and using their communications skills.