Recently we have been studying movement. Our students have shown a huge interest in the movement of cars, so we set up an activity at our light table to let our students explore car tracks with neon paint, toy cars, black lights, and saran wrap.
We placed circular drops of paint on our light table, then placed saran wrap over the spots. First we had our students pick one car and stand around the light table. Once everyone got situated they began making their tracks by using their hands to hold the cars and controlling the movement. We asked them what colors they saw and all of the children said, “Orange!” “Purple!” “Yellow!” One student said, “Look!” My car is going fast!” The children adapted their movements to fit their learning environment. Most of the students ran their cars over the saran wrap and walked in circles around the light table.
Movement is key in the learning process because children absorb knowledge better when it is experienced. This exploration let the students see how the tracks cars make by exposing the wheels to paint. The children learned that the more they moved the cars the more visible the tracks became. This provocation utilized kinesthetic learning that encouraged the students to explore and discover through hands-on experiences with neon paint and movement. In doing so the children verbally demonstrated their ability to identify different colors. This allows the teachers to see how well the children can distinguish varying colors and their ability to communicate those ideas to others.
What better way to learn about movement than by actually moving? Learning is an outcome of what was done rather than what was said. Holding the car and controlling the movement of the object not only puts fine motor skills to practice it taps into the children’s sensory cues in guiding their experience. If the children didn’t have the opportunity to hold and move the cars themselves they may have never learned how their movement had resulted in larger neon tracks. This provocation encouraged the students to pursue their interest of moving cars through kinesthetic learning and how they can create and learn through movement.
“Tell me and I forget, teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.”
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