- January 29, 2018
Welcome to our weekly news round up of happenings at The Infants' Home.
Designing learning environments for children that are engaging and inviting is vital for the ongoing development of children's play and learning. Spaces that provide children with structure and clear intention support development of problem-solving and enquiry skills. Children in Robinson house have been involved in evaluating the spaces and play environments both indoor and out. As a result of this process significant changes have been made - below are some of the new outdoor play spaces.
Johnson House Preschool have also made some changes in their outdoor environments, creating a space including diggers, trucks and dump trucks. The children have been exploring the diggers and dump trucks, working out how to move the vehicles on uneven ground and transporting the wooden logs from one spot to another. Some children used the logs to build a cave while others worked with one another to carry the heavier logs. Spaces like this support the development of children’s social skills, ability to work together, language in communicating their ideas and their imaginative thinking skills.
At Johnson House Toddlers, children have been engaging in puppet play. Educators and children have been singing songs with the puppets, such as, “Old McDonald”. The children shared the lion, elephant, dog, zebra, bear puppets and added animal sounds to the “Old MacDonald” song using 'roar', 'brrrr' and 'woof'. The children expressed their wonder and curiosity in their pretend play, exploring ideas using their imagination, creativity and play in song, chants and familiar rhymes that captivated their interest.
At a Family Day Care service in Mortdale, mathematical concepts are evident in day to day play. Early mathematical skills are supported with a variety of resources. The children have enjoyed counting objects, and then grouping the numbers with the objects.
Babies are learning about numeracy - as they move their arms and legs, the educator counts their toes and fingers. As the educator carries babies up steps, they count the steps. Singing number songs and rhymes also helps babies to learn about numeracy.
Toddlers are ready to learn and be challenged. Educators build on this by incorporating learning into play - talking about the weight of a bucket of water at the water table, or estimating distance in gross motor play e.g. "how far can we throw the ball?"
As children enter the preschool years they are starting to recognize numbers. House numbers, speed signs, license plates - as educators take children for walks they are surrounded by numbers everywhere they go. When children reach age three, this is a great time for developing problem-solving skills e.g. "How many blocks can we stack up before they fall?" and "Why is the tower stronger if the large blocks go at the bottom?"
Educators teach mathematical concepts from birth to all children, and through sharing these activities and the intentions behind them, can help parents and carers assist their children in understanding these concepts.
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