Schemas help children understand the basic of physics that make the world work- all through play.
A schema is a pattern of behaviour. Adults use them all the time without even realising ( switch on a light, prepare a snack using a mental model created through a serie of trial and error to find the best and most efficient way of completing the task.
Children schemas are normal, healthy patterns of behaviour that indicate they are interested in something, trying to make sense of the world.
Today’s child led activity confirmed an interest in transporting and positioning schemas. The child transported, unprompted, all colours paint on the kitchen table (designated room for messy play), arranged them in tandem, naming the colours and counting them, prepared everything needed for a painting activity and carried on creating 3 master pieces.
All steps described above show good organisational skills, ability to use objects for their purposes, capacity to describe the activity and to use own ideas, good knowledge of main colours, a positive way of expressing oneself, feeling confident in choosing what to do and how to proceed in order to get expected outcome, etc.
The final products themselves turned to have the same tendency, the pictures being very colourful and harmonious. One of them is the representation of a child’s body. This may anticipate a “all about me” theme.
All areas of learning and development have been touched through this activity!!
Next steps: providing a rich variety of objects that can be transported and positioned according to their material, size, shape or meaning aiming to get a sense of satisfaction from arrangements that feel “just right” : e.g. furniture in the play house, play food in the play kitchen, roll-play activities, leave out walk wagon, toy pram, baskets, buckets or bags in play areas, etc.
Positioning schema provides great opportunity to extend learning of mathematics concepts!!! 🧮