In the book, Really Seeing Children, author Deb Curtis quotes educators Lynda Dale, Kelly Caines and Sylvia Curtis-Norcross, who explain a project they worked on that helped children explore their community more fully:
“We have been working with children on a long-term project to study a local bridge in our community. As part of our investigations, the children engaged with the different sounds that they could make on the bridge. The children noticed that the deck of the bridge made a unique sound, since it was made of wood. They discovered that the metal supports on the top half of the bridge could be shaken to make a sound as well. The children loved to run on one side of the bridge and drag their sticks along the rungs of the railing.
A young mother, walking her small baby in a stroller, stopped to listen and watch the children. She leaned down to her baby and said, ‘Do you hear the music?’ Many other people using the bridge paused to listen to the music the children were making as well.”
"Really Seeing Children shifts the perspective of observing children from a dull, burdensome activity that’s done to meet assessment requirements to a delightful, invigorating, thought-provoking experience where educators can’t wait to document and share the stories of amazing children. This book expands the early education field’s view of the value of the everyday moments in children’s lives and refines adults’ abilities to see the development that occurs in children’s play, relationships, and their environment."
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Very true that it is through play that children learn about properties of objects around them hence developing socio emotionally
What an interesting article! Are we viewing children through the depth of their minds, with an understanding of how they view things?