November 7th, 2012
While we’re all for giving instructions to children when an intentional teaching moment is planned, we still love the way children take that information and interpret it in their own way.
This week the children have been looking at how we are all different. This came about because a lovely boy has just joined the prekinder group. He arrived in Australia recently from Italy and his English is still very limited.
Their teacher has been teaching the children to count and sing in Italian in order to make him feel welcome and an inclusive member of their little community. An added bonus is the children are thriving on learning a new language.
In order to really explore their differences the children were provided with some mirrors, paper, paint and cotton buds and invited them to look at themselves in the mirror to explore their features such as how many eyebrows they have, eye colour, nose, lips, teeth, hair, ears etc. Their teacher then said to the children, “Once you’ve had a good look at yourself in the mirror, you might like to use the paint and cotton buds to paint your face.”
Their pictures were SO precious!
We love how this child not only chose a paint colour to match his skin tone …
he also made sure to include his ‘bed hair’ spikes in his painting as well.
Our very favourite feel good moment came when this poppet studied her face in the mirror, thought long and hard about what she saw and the colours she wanted to use and …
proceeded to ‘paint her face’!
Her teacher was just about to dive in and throw a piece of paper down in front of her when Donna ‘cut her off at the pass’ reminding her of the way she had worded her instructions to the children …
“Once you’ve had a good look at yourself in the mirror, you might like to use the paint and cotton buds to paint your face.” And THAT is exactly what she did!
Maybe next week we might do away with the paper altogether and get out the real facepaints and just let the children go-to-town!