Earlier in the term, Miss Georgia was putting one of our new pieces of equipment together in the Workshop when some of the Langley children approached her and became very interested in the process of using tools. As there were many more items of equipment to prepare, we decided to invite those children, and others, to help us with this job.
Following one of these experiences, one of the Langley friends, Callum, shared with us that he has a “claw hammer” at his house. As we are focusing on the children’s sense of identity through this term’s Unit of Inquiry, we saw this as an exciting lens through which we could explore identity with the children: “What do I have at my house?”
As well as following the children’s enthusiasm for construction and tools, this focus has led us (and is continuing to lead us) to explore new and exciting paths with the children. From sports equipment and tools, to plants from home and the Woolworths discovery garden, there have been many conversations with children where we can see them developing their sense of self through creating connections between what they have at their homes and exploring this further at ELC.