这次报名的的孩子们大部分都在两岁左右，我们希望提供给孩子自由选择的机会，于是设立了4 个不同的体验区 – 第一堂主要是以效仿蜗牛的质感为主，让孩子们通过触摸感应探索，试验。孩子们可以制造史莱姆 (slime)，变粘滑 (goop), 观察水彩滴在盐上所出现的效果(salt trail)以及为一个“花园的篱笆”涂上颜色。
Charlie Finds a Home
Charlie Finds a Home tells the story of a snail named Charlie, whose shell got accidentally trampled on. The author traces Charlie’s adventures as he goes on a journey with his friends in the garden to find a new home.
This toddler’s workshop is unlike any of the past ones we had – this time round, we are having a 4-weeks programme, where the same group of children come together every Wednesday. Each lesson is designed with a different objective, but they build on each other to ultimately form a coherent experience for the children.
Our attendees for this workshop are mostly around 2 years of age. As we hope to provide the children with the freedom of choice, we set up 4 different areas, all of which based on the texture of snails, aiming to let children explore and experiment through sensorial and hands-on experiences. For session 1, we prepared 4 different sensorial areas, where children can freely make slime, goop, observe the effect of salt trails, as well as paint on a “garden fence” we had made.
We are a process-based programme, so we wanted children to approach and explore the materials at their own time, make independent choices and figure out cause and effect. We do want to encourage parents not to worry about completing every station – because when children are placed in a new environment, experiencing novel materials that they might not have had the chance to feel or touch previously, they may be more guarded and so would need more time to adapt to their surroundings.
Children may not always respond positively to a given stimulus. However, while they may not like something very much initially, they may change their minds after watching how other children interact with the same material. Understandably, all parents would want to help their children make the “right” decision, but giving children the autonomy to make their own decisions without external influence boosts not only their critical thinking skills, but also their self-confidence.
Next week, we will be setting up sensorial areas again, but it will be based on some cause-and-effect mentioned in the story.