Who would have thought that from an interest in measuring, our Kinder children would take on drawing their own self-portraits?
On one particular day, a child constructed a pretty awesome tower, but what was even more awesome, was that he stood up and measured himself against it. Our Kinder teacher extended on his interest of math and measurement by tracing out the children on large butcher’s paper and placing wooden blocks around them. Not only did the children come together and help, but they all counted and compared the number of blocks it took to go around each of their peers. All of a sudden, our Kinder teacher had children engaged in an activity that promoted provocation.
As this experience evolved, so did the direction of it.
Children asked if they could draw on their faces and paste on their clothing, they even compared different hair types, colours and what they were wearing. What a great way to extend on self-identity, inquiry, verbal communication and fine motor skills.
Sheemal (our Kinder teacher) took this opportunity to extend on this learning by having the children draw their self-portraits using mirrors. The conversations that took place were engaging and children began to use much more descriptive language. Something else also evolved from this, self-pride. Once children saw their pictures displayed they were eager to show other educators and their families. What a beautiful quality to instil in these children and a wonderful way for children to revisit their learning.
What Sheemal began to observe was that the children were much more inquisitive about different people’s hair colour and eye colour. They would even compare different objects in the room. To continue this learning experience and broaden their knowledge, Sheemal had the Kinder children draw ½ self-portraits. Children were shown their photo with half of their face covered and offered different mediums to use on their portraits.
The results were so beautiful and interesting. Each child noticed that they are unique, special and beautiful. This activity also promoted their fine motor skills- steady hand, the correct hand grip, writing their names and colour matching.
We love seeing the Kinder children take so much pride in their work and how much they love showing their efforts.