I've written about Playcentre on my blog every now and again,
but the other day Rhiannon said to me why don't I write a bit more often and in a more
meaningful way, and so I thought I would.
Playcentre is unique to New Zealand as far as I know,
it's a parent co-operative where we all as parents learn to be the first teachers for our preschoolers.
We learn to observe them and then to extend their learning along the lines of their
own interests at that time.
We learn to follow their lead and work out the themes and links
and provide resources to help them learn more from those situations.
We use the same curriculum, Te Whariki, that all early childhood institutions in NZ use.
We learn to let go of our expectations (like a rainbow should be a curve)
and let the children show us what they think of their world.
Today while I was on parent help I was observing Sacha and Ellie.
They are sisters, Sacha is 4 and Ellie turned 3 today.
When I first came in someone had spread a large piece of paper over the table
and filled a muffin tray with paints.
At first they had fun mixing the paints and then started making patterns on the paper.
I noticed this morning that although Sacha and Ellie didn't seem to be talking to each other
they were playing near each other and they were interacting in a non-verbal way!
Here's Sacha during the morning talking to Cat who was doing the roll!
And here's Ellie practicing her climbing outside.
She fell down and was upset, but I showed her this picture
and she immediately climbed up again.
And here's Ellie at the Kai (food) table while we all sing Happy Birthday to her.
And at the end of the morning, here are the sisters together again,
playing with all the other children in the sandpit.
The curriculum has five strands and one of them is Belonging.
This is about: feeling secure, making friends, being confident
believe in themselves, value themselves, have a sense of humour.
I'm going to write a learning story for Ellie about her fabulous morning
and at the bottom I'll write "Link to Te Whariki - belonging"
and this means that although it just looked like Ellie was having a great morning
the part of the curriculum she was "working on" was BELONGING.
Now I know there are lots of Playcentre mums out there in blogland,
here's your chance to join in. Let's put this logo on our blogs
and encourage each other in our learning and our children's learning.
You can link up below or use the tag on instagram #playcentre
Please spread the word, the more people we have the more we can
learn and share ideas with each other.