Planning for our littlest learners – an example of recent learning with our under two year old children
We thought it would be nice to share with you all how we came up with this topic as a little insight into how we come up with our themes throughout the year!
Birds became our topic from
• Contributions from families- when we were exploring our cultures and family backgrounds one of our families shared some feathers from a native NZ bird.
• We recently had some new little friends join our avery- three finches!
• From weekly evaluations, we noticed an increase in children excited to produce bird noises especially our littlies who are beginning to be verbal.
• From planned activities throughout the previous week- we saw children captivated by a bird shaped activity we had put out.
• From observations we noticed children showing curiosity in the fact that not all birds go cheep cheep.
We have explored
..the shape, colour, size, sound, and even habitat of a selection of birds across the last fortnight.
We have achieved this across a range of curriculum areas such as; music (actions), drama (using our bodies to pretend to be owls and roosters and fun with puppets), art (collage, painting, dye, cutting around bird shapes, stamping), tactile (playdough birds, feathers eyes etc), sandpit (shapes), mathematics (counting; how many birds can we see?two eyes, and classification; by colour, size, sound), science and technology (producing our very own bird feeder), and much more!
Outcomes for learning and development
Children are naming these different birds, noticing their features, trying out the different sounds that go with them, and some are even able to identify the type of bird when we make the noise or show a particular feature. Some of our youngest children are showing delight in hearing and trying different sounds for birds, looking at ‘real pictures’, and enjoying tactile exploration of features using feathers, googly eyes etc.
This has prompted a zoo trip where we will get to see a selection of birds!
We have noticed the children becoming more and more interested in other features of animals in general such as crocodiles teeth, and bears claws. (We are moving onto looking at different animals mouths next!)
We have also seen them relating features of birds and animals to themselves- We have eyes! We have feet and toenails, where is my mouth?
What curious and excitable little learners we have!!!
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