The Gems room children have been really excited to come to Preschool each day and observe the chickens and how many are hatching each day or overnight. When the chickens arrived at Preschool the children had lots of questions about what they wanted to know about chickens such as:
Can chickens see at night?
Do chickens fly high in the sky?
Where are their mums?
Where are their dads?
Why are their beaks so sharp?
We have been exploring these questions as they arise each day at Preschool.
As a provocation, clipboards were placed at the chicken coop so the children could draw their interpretation of the chicks or the eggs. It has been amazing to see the detail of the drawings the children have made each day and the comments about their detailed works.
Matilda – This is the chicken in the cage, it’s under the light to get warm.
Esther –The chicken is bleeding and pooing
Eliza – I drew the chickens, I like that they are fluffy, I even drew the egg cracking.
Charlie – This is the chicken and it’s inside the egg.
Halle – Look I drew the egg and this is the chick.
This learning has also extended into our block constructions with Matilda suggesting, “We need to make a house for the chickens.” Matilda, Zaylee, Eliza, and Halle then worked together using the castle blocks to create a house talking about the construction as they went.
“We need it to be big because if it is too small the chicken will get squished in it,” said Matilda.
“It’s going to be too small they will get really squished,” said Zaylee.
As Halle and Esther added blocks to the castle Matilda said, “We need it to be higher at the sides.” Esther then replied, “It needs to be higher so the chicken can’t escape.”
Through these experiences the children are displaying interest in their natural environment and that they are connected with and contribute to their world. They are displaying their enquiry to learn more about the chickens through their questioning, and are effective communicators discussing the construction of the house and listening and communicating with each other in conversation.
A lot of excitement has been generated from the arrival of our Henny Penny Hatchlings, however, the discussions that we expected to take place as a result of our special visitors did not. We imagined that the children would want to explore aspects of the chickens’ lifecycles, growth over time, and their living conditions. Wow! How wrong were we! Upon careful observation, educators discovered that the children’s lines of inquiry were very unique.
Adriel has shown a great concern for our chickens and has been very worried that her peers will not know how to look after them. She is most concerned that everyone is not using quiet voices and has taken it upon herself to educate everyone in the room. Adriel also showed great concern that when she is not at preschool people will not do the right thing.
Ryan, Lachlan, Hudson, and Logan have been heavily involved in making a house for the chickens and their mother. They built two large towers using magnetic blocks. They worked together to connect the towers with an escalator. The children shared similar
concerns as Adriel and decided that instead of telling everyone how to keep the chickens safe, they would add objects to their towers to keep the chickens safe. The children built spikes, alarm systems, and lasers all in an effort to keep people from touching and hurting the chickens.
Hayden and Austin have been most fascinated by the incubator. They have spent large periods of time observing the chickens hatching from their eggs and have formulated their own questions about this process such as ‘Why do the chickens need to be in here to hatch?’, ‘What are all the wires and buttons for?’, ‘ Why is there a light on?’ and ‘How does the incubator make the chickens hatch out of their eggs?’
Phoebe K, Phoebe P, and Heidi felt that the chickens were upset and missing their mummy chicken. The children resourced their own learning and began to use LEGO blocks to build small cars. It was their thinking that the chickens could use these cars to drive back to the ‘farm’ to see their mother.
Frankie, Jayda, and Miller have been concerned about the enclosure and lack of stimulation for the chickens. They feel that the chickens look bored and have been discussing the idea of creating some equipment to keep the chickens occupied. They have talked about ladders, swings, and a Ferris wheel.
Although the children are all exploring different avenues, we can note some similarities among the experiences. The children are all experimenting, hypothesising, researching, and formulating their own knowledge. The children are all using problem-solving skills, collaborating together, and negotiating their play. We are excited to see where all of these projects will go and look forward to sharing these in the coming weeks on Caleb and Seesaw!
The Sparkle friends have been engrossed in investigating, exploring, and being curious learners this week with the arrival of Henny Penny Hatching. The group was excited to discover the chickens and eggs with many friends displaying smiles, giggles, and laughter when observing them. This provoked various discussions and questions about a variety of issues relating to the chicks and eggs such as “where are the Mummy and Daddy?” Addison asked, “how do they get out of the eggs?” Harrison questioned and observed ‘They are cute and soft” and “They have tickly feet,” Zoey noticed.
We have looked at the lifecycle of the chicken and will continue to extend the Children’s learning through following the children’s ideas and interest in the Henny Penny Chicks.
We have started our school books which have been popular with the Sparkles, they are being very creative drawing their thoughts about our group times in them. They then share what they have drawn and with the help of an Educator add words to their work.
Dinosaurs continue to be a strong interest in the room with the Children exploring habitats extending on from last terms dinosaur visit and learning about buildings and homes. We will continue to observe the Children scaffold their individual interests in this area.