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Saturday, August 8, 2009



One current example is the fascination some of our children (particularly Emma, Jimmy and Erin) have in wrapping and enclosing everything. This process appears to be ongoing. Because of the knowledge we have about children’s learning, we are able to identify that the children are working on a 'schema'.
Athey (1990) defines a schema as “a pattern of repeatable behaviour into which experiences are assimilated and are gradually co-ordinated”. Athey found that children are fascinated with patterns (schema) and that children’s thoughts develop as they cluster schema. I believe in scaffolding children’s learning. I intentionally ‘leave children to their own devices’, however, I am constantly observing and enter their learning when needed. Children choose things they are interested in, they participate and then the learning is relevant to them.

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