Throughout the past few months, STEAM has been focusing on outcome 4: “Children are confident and involved learners” and more specifically on outcome 4.1 “Children develop dispositions for learning such as curiosity, cooperation, confidence, creativity, commitment, enthusiasm, persistence, imagination and reflexivity” and 4.2 “Children develop a range of skills and processes such as problem solving, inquiry, experimentation, hypothesising, researching, and investigating.
Children are Involved Learners
We conducted experiments such as reflective art involving thin film interference, colour mixing using ice cubes, shaving cream, milk and colour fat reduction, fire and air balloon tricks and circuit boards! Throughout each experiment, open ended questions are asked to the children to help expand their learning!
Educator Maddi also enjoys asking the children why they think an outcome was achieved, what steps they thought were the correct ones and what was their favourite. Each response is documented on Story Park for our parents to see!
These past months the children’s interests have been focused more on the why’s rather than the how’s, which has allowed for a deeper connection within experiences and a higher chance of communication!
Although to keep children on guessing the “why’s”, we have implemented a STEAM area out the front of the centre for children to explore freely. We also encourage children who need a minute out of the room to sit and engage with their educators to induce a moment of peace and quiet, they are encouraged to come out as many times as they need in a day! We are changing this area frequently and documenting all magic moments that we capture on a floor book that is easily accessed by parents!
We hope you enjoy seeing all of the learning your clever children are engaging in at Leap Start Early Learning Childcare Centre.
Keep an eye out for more fun!