How do children learn?

Little girl and boy playing with toys

Here at Lighthouse we recognise that all children learn differently, there are no two children the same, we also know that some children will use schematic play to solidify their own learning. These schemas can be described as repeated patterns of behaviour and children may display one or more of these schemas at some point in their childhood. Have you noticed your child doing something over and over again. Some schemas may be represented physically, verbally or in drawings.

Today we are going to concentrate on how our teachers support children with a rotation and trajectory schema. There are numerous schemes so I’ve only pick two to concentrate on but if you would like to know more why not ask a member of your families my group, kat or laura who would be delighted to discus this type of learning with you.

Let’s start with s Rotation Schema; Children are fascinated by anything that goes around eg wheels or anything that is shaped round. Spins, turns, rolls ect.

Supporting a rotational schema may be as simple as :- Drawing circles
Children will be fascinated by things that go around or by anything that is round. Have you noticed your child watching the washing machine go around and around or turning their toy cats upside down watching the wheels spin for example? Or when making marks or expressing themselves through art do they draw circles or round scribbles.

We would suggest to help support their schema:- to say with at home, Provide children with various mark making implements. Make Ribbons on sticks to make large circles in the sky at nursery we may, Fix an old bike wheel to the wall so children can spin this around,
Add large trucks to construction areas that have large moving wheels on them, Add a sand mill to our sand areas, Fix felt tip pens to cars or trucks or add Large nuts and bolts to our tinker trays. Spinning tops and bottles that have lids to turn are just a few ideas to help a rotational schema learn all that can be Learnt.

The others schema We’re going to focus on today would be a Trajectory Schema. It can be one of the most frustrating schemes around for parents who’d child is constantly launching things from buggies, high chairs and stairs. A child that displays a trajectory schema is interested in how things work and how themselves move eg by throwing, dropping, climbing, jumping or playing with running water.

You might find that a child displaying a trajectory schema may be running around or jumping off objects, in these instances, children are exploring how objects work under the influence of forces. Children will love climbing and balancing on beams, young children will enjoy throwing objects from their highchair.

May we suggest a simple obstacle course set up with lots of over things, cushions to jump into. Make paper planes, Blowing bubbles is a lovely trajectory activity to play at home. At nursery we may provide children with large blocks to build with and jump off. Climbing frames and ball pools. Our small parts that we place strategically out often have Large cardboard tubes for children to post objects down. We would be encouraging activities such as pouring water, Rolling balls down a slide, making art with
Spray bottles and targets.

As children’s schemas play has a huge role in their development Lighthouse knows the value of understanding the concepts of how to facilitate children’s schemas when we identify them. Our family is there to support you. So if you notice something or just want to talk. We would be delighted to listen.


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