Day Twenty five
What is a Learning Provocation or an Invitation to Learning?
A learning provocation is a technique used to provoke children to think, wonder, explore and to inspire children to take control of their own learning.
Provocations can be a powerful way for teachers to engage children in their own learning.
How do you organize provocations?
How they are organized and presented to children is important. They need to have room for children to create, explore, and be active participants in their own learning.
What is the quantity of materials needed?
When thinking about the provocation we need to think about the amount of materials placed in a provocation. When there is too much children can become overwhelmed, but if there is too little there isn’t enough for them to create and explore.
Think about like Goldilocks, not too much, not too little but just right.
How often should provocations be changed?
As I have said before, we need to activity listen to children while they are engaged with the provocations. This will help guide you as to when it’s time to change or add to a particular provocation. So to answer the question we need to change them based on children’s interest.
Provocations are simple and displayed beautifully to provoke interest.
Provide an invitation for a child to explore and express themselves. It should be open-ended and provide a means for expression where possible.
PreK Partner has another great blog hop planned for you today. This week we are highlighting the Writing Center in preschool.
Emergent writing in the early childhood classroom is an essential part of literacy development in young children. The phrase writing in preschool does not refer to preschoolers writing words or stories. It means giving children the opportunity to use a wide range of writing tools, that will build their knowledge of the written word.
Our writing center is set up in a way that children are able to deliver their ideas through illustrations and attempts at printing.
Children need to understand the purpose of writing.
Why do we do it?
It is done for functional reasons like…
Learn about the E-Workshop Unlock the World of Language and Literacy
Anything and everything that will promote writing and drawing!
What to write on:
What to write with:
Dry Erase Markers
What to make books with:
Story starters or prompts to help promote early attempts at writing letters, words and storytelling.
Teachers need to be encouraging about all attempts at writing in the center. When a child says “Look I spelled my name.” and shows you a paper with many of the letters on it, you focus on the excitement of the child and of the learning. “Yes you did I see many of the letters in your name.” “Identifying the letters to the child.”
As you are engaged with the children and their writing make comments on what you see. “I see that you are writing _______.” Or “I see that you are drawing _________.” “I like how you are using all of that color for the _______.” Never comment on what is missing or incorrect about their writing or drawing.
Use open-ended questions as you are engaged with the children, this will help spark other ideas for their drawing or writing.
Children need to know that the marks they make on paper are important to us. A great way to do this is to create a frame for each child.
I'm Tami Sanders creator of Learning and Teaching with Preschoolers, a blog to help teachers create magical moments for the young.