Children Teaching Children
Today we observed a child sharing his knowledge around balance with another child whom was exploring balance at the carpet area with open ended materials. The Reggio Emilia Inspired approach is an innovative and inspiring approach, we value these types of moments, as well as the children in our programs. We see children as strong, capable and resilient; rich with wonder and knowledge. Every Child brings with them curiosity and are given the rights to be expressive, which allows us as Educators to understand their world and their place within it.
Today we observed Evan exploring the tire, with a wooden board and accouple of our open-ended metal spools at our carpet area.
He worked hard to balance the wood on the tire and then the spool on top.
Evan was so proud “look it stayed on its own” he said with a smile from ear to ear.
Evan tries to place another spool on top and it fell. Evan tries again, and Preston explains that it’s not balanced, “Evan you need to place one on each end, so it doesn’t fall” Preston stepped in and helped in this exploration. He explained “the spools are the same weight, so they hold each other”
Evan was so proud to have accomplished two spools balancing on the tire and wood. Preston looked at me with a smile and says “it’s called balance”
This is what happens when children are given the proper tools to succeed in their own learning. With the help of another peer sharing their knowledge with him. This was a great example of a children teaching children moment, am so glad I was able to have observed. We will provoke this balance with bring out some scales at the table.
Dee Polowski R,ECE, AECEO,C.
Jen Cook DSW, RLS