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Creating and thinking critically – Making links

Human beings seem to be pre-programmed to look for patterns and make links between things. This section looks at how exploring through exploring their world and testing their ideas leads children to make links in their thinking.

Good for looking at

  • Characteristics of effective teaching and learning
  • Making links
  • Predicting
  • Need for repetition
  • Communication
  • Understanding the world
  • Object play
 
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Human beings seem to be pre-programmed
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to look for patterns and make links between things.
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Exploring objects leads to finding out
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what is similar and what is different about them.
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Once children have ideas, they begin to test them.
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Children are inclined to do things again and again,
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to test how things relate to each other,
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as they begin to notice cause and effect.
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That's amazing! that's your discovery?
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Show it to me again. Show it to me again.
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How is it?
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Wow!
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What adults do, and also importantly, don't do,
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makes a big difference.
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Children need the time, space, and resources
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to explore their ideas and make links between them.
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He go to find his mummy.
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He need to go in the hole.
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Big hole.
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Big hole.
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He need a big hole.
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Being able to voice their thoughts,
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sometimes to themselves and sometimes to others,
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gives children the ability to come up
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with more sophisticated links,
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as they think about the world around them.
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This leads to children learning to make predictions.
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They begin to link previous knowledge with new experiences.
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But no, it's only a wiggly worm!
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Hey, his house is-
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His house is in the mud, inside!
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So you, no, you can't put it here, no.
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Tidy up time!
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You need to put that in the-
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In the hole, he just lost his mom!
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Hey, don't stretch him.
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Don't stretch him.
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I won't stretch him.
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He's just sleeping.
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He's sleepy.
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No, he's not.
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No, no, don't put it here!
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Frogs in there, because frogs eat them.
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Frogs can eat worms.
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Who, do birds eat worms?
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No.
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You can't put it in!
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Fine.
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But frogs might eat him.
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You need to put in the mud, and then dig a hole.
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Then dig a big hole.
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Then you have to dig a big hole.
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You can't put it.
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But the spider can't get it.
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That spider's house can't go in, through that other hole.
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Through here, on the bottom.
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Bees go in there.
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Birds go in there.