The children have been making and recording observations each day of the week. Some of our experiences are planned and many develop spontaneously as a result of the children’s interests and observations. This is described in Early Years Learning Framework Learning Outcome 2: Children are connected with and contribute to the world. Children are encouraged to become socially responsible and show respect for the environment. They are able to play, explore, discover, predict and hypothesize and develop an increased understanding and respect for natural environments and other living things.
At TG’s Child Care this is supported through planned and spontaneous experiences. Educators guide and encourage children’s interests and learning, through discussions, story telling, music and movement, language and literature.
Each day of the week, the children add their reflective interpretations of the weather and what was taking place outside to our wall display. Their drawings, scribbles and first attempts at letters are developing much more than just fine motor skills: they are communicating their thoughts, ideas and feelings to others.
This is one our children’s drawings and comments about the weather on Tuesday. He has drawn lots of sunshine symbols and downward rays shining on him and his friends, who are “being friends” and holding hands together.