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Learning to use scissors

Four year old Layla-Rose has drawn a picture and wants to cut it out. She's finding using the scissors difficult and needs some support.

Good for looking at

  • COEL - Active learning
  • Practical skills
  • Tool use
  • Fine motor development
  • Motivation
  • Persistance
  • Effective practice/pedagogy

Four year old Layla-Rose has drawn a picture and wants to cut it out. She’s finding using the scissors difficult and needs some support.

Notice

  • How is Layla Rose learning? Which areas of development, engagement and characteristics of learning can you observe?
  • In what ways does the adult support Layla Rose’s learning?
  • What is valuable about the materials provided?

Reflect

What are your thoughts about:

  • How Layla-Rose was communicating?
  • The characteristics of effective learning that Layla-Rose was using to complete a difficult new task?
  • Layla-Rose’s level of motivation to persevere with her task?
  • The role of the adult in this interaction – how did she support Layla-Rose?
  • How effective the environment and materials were?

Respond

What would you do to:

  • Support Layla-Rose’s effective learning strategies?
  • Encourage Layla-Rose to talk about how she is learning?
  • Model behaviours for young children and show how useful they are?

What next:

  • Do you need to encourage more of this kind of creative exploration in your setting? How can you make sure the activity is safe enough if children are using sharp tools?

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