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Rosa and the magnifying glass

Two year old Rosa is playing with some blocks, small animals and a magnifying glass. She has just finished looking at a book about sizes. She finds out more about size during her play.

Good for looking at

  • COEL – Playing and exploring
  • Play with objects
  • Key person approach
  • maths
  • Size

Two year old Rosa is playing with some blocks, small animals and a magnifying glass. She has just finished looking at a book about sizes. She finds out more about size during her play.

Notice

  • How do we know what Rosa is interested in?  Be specific, look out for body language, actions, gestures.
  • How is Rosa learning? Which areas of development, engagement and characteristics of learning can you observe?
  • In what ways does the adult support Rosa’s learning?
  • What is valuable about the materials provided as learning resources?

Reflect

What are your thoughts about:

  • How and what was Rosa was learning?
  • Rosa’s level of development?
  • The role of the adult in this interaction – how did she support Rosa?
  • The value of this type of object play for Rosa?

Respond

What would you do to:

  • Support Rosa’s development of effective learning strategies?
  • Extend Rosa’s learning?
  • Encourage other children to join Rosa’s game?

What next:

  • Do you need to encourage more of this kind of play and learning for the two year olds in your setting?
  • How can you make time for individual children in your setting?