Puddle Hunters Learning Time

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Learning Time


 

 

 

 

 

Puddle Hunters

By Kristy Murray and Karen Blair

When the rain stops it's time to go puddle hunting. Ruby, Banjo and Mum go up the street, and into the park, over the bridge and down to the river flats where the puddles lie waiting... Splosh it, Ruby! Splosh it, Banjo! Splosh it, Mum! Puddle Hunters is a glorious celebration of splashing and squelching all the way home.

 

Key Message for Parents | Children learn through being engaged and doing

Children are active, not passive learners and the most powerful way children learn is through play. Play allows and encourages children to be engaged. Through play children are able to be curious, imagine, pretend, create, talk, problem solve, negotiate, cooperate, reason and explain. When parents and carers play with children it makes them feel loved and secure; this develops their confidence which in turn helps them to be involved and learn new things.

Some ideas to share with parents are:

  • Right from the time they are born babies respond to music and, in particular, singing. Our innate ability to recognise rhythms is something we as parents will innately tap into by using songs to soothe our babies. As our babies grow, music and song continue to be important for children and can help their development in a myriad of ways, particularly when combined with movement.
  • Songs with actions enhance toddlers’ development across a range of key skills. They help strengthen memory and recall, broaden vocabulary, assist in the development of fine and gross motor skills, enhance hand-eye coordination, encourage the ability to understand and comply with directions, promote social skills and cooperation and enhance bonding between the child and carer and between the child and his or her peers.
  • Picture books can provide opportunities to stimulate meaningful and necessary play experiences for children. Activities that let children talk about and represent their ideas through music, movement, art and craft activities as well as imaginative play all help to develop important neural connections.

 

Early Year Learning Framework | Outcome 4: Children are confident and involved learners

As educators we can help young children become confident learners by

  • Providing learning environments that are flexible and open-ended
  • Listening carefully to children’s ideas and discussing with them how these ideas might be developed
  • Providing resources that offer challenge, intrigue and surprise; support their investigations and share their enjoyment
  • Giving praise and recognizing all achievements, big and small.

 

  
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