Domains for Explorative Experiences: Woodwork Discoveries
Woodworking supports a child’s creativity by allowing them to experiment and explore with materials that they have more than likely had little to no exposure to. When given the proper tools a child can build whatever they like with the wood as well. Using wood and similar materials gives children the right to be creative by thinking for themselves and deciding what they wish to create. Even if what they have made looks nothing like what they say it is to them that’s what it is, so that is what it is. When given the opportunity to explore any medium it allows for great creative growth.
Woodworking supports the Environment as the Third Teacher by
This domain supports The Hundred Languages of Children because it is given the children a new language to express themselves with. Most children have not been given the chance to explore wood discoveries, thus it is one of the languages that we have taken away from ...view middle of the document...
It allows children to learn how to use real tools and treat them with respect all while learning math, social, and fine motor skills.
Woodworking is an important domain and center for childcare centre because it allows for such vast learning opportunities. In this domain a child can learn to use real tools and materials, how to treat them with respect and use them respectfully. This also teaches math, sorting/classification, sensory, social/communication skills, hand-eye coordination and self-regulation amongst other skills.
Ideally I would have the woodworking area set up in a tiled area with at least one large window for natural light, an electrical outlet or two and have it near the block centre and busy areas. I would have a work bench in the area with some lighting overhead as well as another table with chairs, paper, pens, clipboards, and books etc. for a planning station. In the area I would have different types and sizes of wood, nails, screws, nuts and bolts, hammers, screwdrivers, wrenches, ratchets, sandpaper and possibly a small drill or saw.
A child’s imagination would be encouraged through this domain because it allows him or her to create what it is they are thinking of. Instead of it just being in their heads they can plan it out on paper and then actually create it to the best of their ability. And once you bring in paint and other materials like that a child’s imagination can run wild. There are no limits to what they can create.
As a teacher I would be there to support the child with any questions they had as well as model proper ways to use the tools and materials. I am also there to supervise and make sure everything is running smoothly.
Woodworking may seem like a task that a child is not capable of handling however when given the opportunity to show us that they can they will. A child can only do the things they are given the chance to and it is us as the adults who say what they can and cannot try. Working with wood and similar materials children are given the opportunity to explore new means of creativity as well as learn new math, social, cognitive, vocabulary, and fine motor skills (along with many others). I see children as capable and believe that they should be given the opportunity to show us just how capable they truly are.