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I want to climb a tree

This just two year old watches the older children climbing a tree. She wants to try it. See how the practitioner supports her to succeed.

Good for looking at

  • COEL – Active learning
  • Forest nursery/kindergarten
  • Nature pedagogy
  • Tree climbing
  • Physical development
  • Characteristics of effective learning

This just two year old watches the older children climbing a tree. She wants to try it.

Notice

  • What cues can you see that show what the child is interested in? (Look out for non-verbal and body language as well as spoken language)
  • How are the children learning? Which areas of development, engagement and characteristics of learning can you observe?
  • In what ways does the adult support the child’s learning?
  • How does the environment support the child’s learning?

Reflect

What are your thoughts about:

  • How she was trying to communicate?
  • What areas of learning and development were covered?
  • The role of the adult in this interaction – how did she support her?
  • The value of this type of physical play?

Respond

What would you do to:

  • Support the child’s physical developments further?
  • Encourage her attempts to try out new difficult activities?
  • Make sure the activity is safe enough? Think about risk vs benefit

What next:

  • How can you encourage this kind of physical challenge in your setting?