LeavesPhase 1Izabela AndovaCurriculum: Project DevelopmentECEP- 229Maria RobertsDate: October 26.2012
Centennial College Early Childhood EducationStudent Name: Izabela AndovaAgency: Gilder Childcare CentreAge range of children: PreschoolersCentre Focus: EmergentANECDOTAL OBSERVATIONIn an outdoor play the childrennoticed how the maple seed macros(helicopter) were falling down fromthe tree. They started to collect theones that were on the ground andthrow them in the air to see howthey would twirl around and fall onthe ground. These maple seedhelicopters seemed interesting forthe children. The children developquestions about the leaves. Thechildren also were using descriptivewords.POSSIBLE CUES- Collecting leaves- Asking questions about thedifferent size or color leaves- Exchanging, counting andsorting leaves- Throwing the leaves in theair while singing anddancing and also seeing howthey will fall down- Explore the leaves in waterand sand- Being creative with theleaves by painting, stencilingor making a leaves album sothe children can see feel thetexture of the leaves, also seethe different size, color andshape.
Possible Interests Web:Small group experience (circle) to confirm interest in the topic: (describe allparts of your circle)I had the leaves expo displaying different shapes, sizes and colors. I also askedthe children to touch and feel the leaves on their own. Asked the children whatthey think about the leaves which led to an interesting explore situations.Procedure:I sat down in a circle with the children had the leaves in a try and on the groundand started to ask the children open-ended questions about their knowledge ofthe leaves.
Consider the following and fully describe how you INTEND to exploreyour chosen experience with preschoolers How will you introduce the experience? What lures might you use to attract the children? Preschoolers require support and guidance to fully explore anexperience. How will you guide and support their interactions withthe materials and each other and with you? COLLABORATION Closure is important in any planned experience. How will you end theexperience with the children? What guidance strategies would behelpful to use?BEFORE YOU BEGIN YOUR 6 EXPERIENCES IN THE PROJECT,COMPLETE THIS GROUP (CIRCLE) TO BE SURE OF THE CHILDREN’SINTEREST IN THE TOPICArrange a date, and time to implement your chosen experience usingthe elements you defined in your procedure.
Evaluation and Reflection:NOW THAT YOU HAVE COMPLETED THIS GROUP EXPERIENCE(CIRCLE):How did it go? ARE THE CHILDREN STILL INTERESTED IN THE TOPIC?I think this experience went well, all of the children seemed interested inexploring the different colors, shape, size and texture leaves.WILL THE INQUIRY PROCESS WORK WITH THIS TOPIC? WHY ORWHY NOT?The topic of the leaves is suitable for an investigation because there are differentshapes, sizes and colors of leaves.They connect to outdoors, creative play, readable books and discussing andanswering questions related about leaves.
Dear ECE Supervising Teacher:PLEASE SIGN INDICATING THE STUDENT COMPLETED THE GROUPEXPERIENCE (CIRCLE) WITH THE CHILDRENThank you.Signature: ______________________________________________(ECE TEACHER WHO OBSERVED THE CIRCLE)DATE:___________________________________________
Rationale:During the outdoor play and after observing the children’s excitement whenthe maple seeds helicopters were falling down I realize that the childrenwere curious about the different leaves.Based on my observation I decided to give the children different ways ofexploring the leaves. I prepared some activities where the children will beable to discover and demonstrate comprehension of the leaves. Theseactivities are based on the children’s development domains.The activities that we will be doing during this exploration include:-Dancing while throwing the leaves-Counting, Sorting and classifying the leaves-Painting and stenciling on and with the leaves-Reading books-Discussing the different colors, size, shape and textureI am planning to make a scrapbook from the pictures that we are takingwhile doing this activities, this will be helpful for the children to look backand remember the fun memories. I am hoping that all this activities will be apositive influence on the children and on you as parents.Thank you,Izabela Andova
K (know) W (what do wewant to know)H (how will welearn it)L (learn)Crunchy Why do leaves changecolor in fall?Asking questions aboutthe different shapesand size leaves?Gigantic one Texture Put the leaves in waterand sandIt has black on it Shape Painting on the leavesMy got broken Size Sing songs about leavesDifferent shapes Explore different colors Dancing while throwingthe leavesGreen, brown, purple What tree did this leafcame from?Count, sort and classify
LeavesPhase 2Izabela AndovaCurriculum: Project DevelopmentECEP- 229Maria RobertsDate: November 30.2012
This is my scrapbook for the children at Gilder Childcare Centre
These are some of the art activities that we did with the children painting on the leaves andstenciling with leaves stencils. These activities gave the children to be creative and to use theirimagination.
We also explore the leaves in water and sand. These are sensory acuities that are ageappropriate for the children.We did some dancing and singing while throwing leaves in the air which this activity helpsdevelop their gross motor skills.
By placing the leaves on the floor I gave the children a chance to touch the leaves and also sort,count and classifying by size, color and different shapes.Also I made an album in a Ziploc begs with different size, color and texture and this seemed sointeresting for the children that they were flipping through and talking about the differentleaves and by touching the leaves they were using their language domain by talking to eachother about hoe the leaves feel and which leaf they saw outside in the playground.
This is my documentation along with my webs and the rationale that I put at the center. Thisgave me the opportunity to interact with the parents and also to let them know what theirchildren were doing with the leaves and learning about them.
Phase TwoBased on my anecdotal observation that I did in an outdoor play when the children noticed theleaves are falling down from the tree, and from the children’s interest and the questions that theyhad about the leaves and also their cues I decided to do this assignment about leaves so thechildren can learn more about the different texture, size and shape of leaves.By the children’s cues I put together some activities that were age appropriate and will enrich thechildren`s development in different domain areas. I also put some pictures on a Bristol board forthe parents to see what their children are doing with the leaves and what are they learning about.According to Albert Bendura that children learn by imitating what they see I tried to implementthe activities so they are appropriate for the children and by showing and mentoring them that thechildren would actively try to understand what I was trying to teach them and by doing that thechildren gain a sense of self-efficacy.I did variety of different domains and by being creative the children were involved in theactivities which that gave them the opportunity to explore and learn more about leaves.I already extended my activities by making an album for the children with the leave from a ziplock begs which that gave them a chance to talk about the leaves and also touch the texture andsee the different size, shape and color leaves.And from all this activities the children learned that the leaves are coming in different shapes,sizes, colors, also that there are different trees and that the leaves are falling down in fall.
LeavesPhase 3Izabela AndovaCurriculum: Project DevelopmentECEP- 229Maria RobertsDate: November 30.2012
K (know) W (what do wewant to know)H (how will welearn it)L (learn)Crunchy Why do leaves changecolor in fall?Asking questions aboutthe different shapesand size leaves?That the leaves aredifferent in shape andsize because there aredifferent trees.Gigantic one Texture Put the leaves in waterand sandThat the leaves feelrough and dry but softwhen we put them inwater.It has black on it Shape Painting on the leaves That painting on theleaves was interestingand fun.My got broken Size Sing songs about leaves That they learned newsong about the leavesthat we made up.Different shapes Explore different colors Dancing while throwingthe leavesThat dancing whilethrowing the leaves inthe air was so much funGreen, brown, purple What tree did this leafcame from?Count, sort and classify That we can count theleaves and also see thedifferent shapes andcolors.
The celebrationAs a celebration to wrap up my activities and to see what the children learned about the leaveswhat I did is:I sat down on the carpet with a group of children and show them the scrapbook that I made forthem. When they saw the scrapbook they were so interested to see what was all about, but thenthey saw the pictures and started to see and recognize them self’s in the pictures and what theydid. Then I started to asked them questions about what did they know about the leaves and theactivities that we did, one of the children said “We had so much fun when we were dancing andsinging I liked it” another child said “I like playing with the leaves in the water they feel soft”then another child said “Bella do you remember when we were throwing the leaves and they gotstuck on the fence it was so much fun”.By talking with the children about the activities that we did with the leaves I think they learned alot, that they know there are different size, shape and that the leaves are changing colors fromgreen to yellow and orange and that they are falling in fall and after that winter is coming andthen Santa is coming too. Some of the children said that they are sad that the leaves are gone andthat the trees are empty now, but then they said that the leaves will come back on the trees.
ReflectionMy interactions with the children, ECE`s and the parents during the documentation projectcontribute to creating a respectful relationships by being creative and thinking of new andproductive ways to do interesting activities for the children, also by being able to provide wiseguidance to the children, and by being fair and treating the children the ECE`s and the parentswith respect. This documentation helped me demonstrate the activities that we were supposed todo with the children and also helped the ECE`s, children and the parents understand what theactivities will be about. As an example of this was when I extended my activities and I made thealbum with leaves from Ziploc bags that was creative and the children seemed so interested inlooking through and touching the leaves and also they were talking to their parents about it. Thatalso gave me a chance to interact with the parents and further explain what activities we aredoing. I believe by being respectful and knowing how to create mutually respectful relationshipswith the children, ECE`s and the parents gave me the opportunity to interact in a positive wayand by building a relationships based on equality, respect and mutual understanding we developthat respect towards each others. My believes on how children learn is that children learn fromtheir mentors and that they are imitating what they see and hear which is Albert Bandura`stheory.The children and I learned more about the surroundings by playing which is the main waychildren learn and develop ideas about the world and the surroundings which it helps thembuild the skills necessary for critical thinking and the leadership that is how they learn to solveproblems and to feel good about their ability to learn.Izabela Andova