|Learning Areas||Learning Goals|
|Discovery of the World (DOW)|
LG1: Show an interest in the world they live in
LG3: Develop a positive attitude towards the world around them
|Language and Literacy (L&L)||LG2: Speak to convey meaning and communicate with others|
|Motor Skills Development (MSD)||LG2: Demonstrate control, coordination and balance in gross motor tasks|
- Respond to questions about a story
- Follow simple instructions to germinate seeds and care for plants
- Demonstrate hand-eye coordination as they toss and catch newspaper balls
- Work with their friends and persevere to complete a challenging task
#1 Show an example of what it means to have 'Perseverance'
Help children to understand what ‘Perseverance’ is, by choosing a relevant book or real life example of a character displaying the learning disposition.
When children are learning about the topic “Plants around Us”, choose a relevant book or story that shows the character patiently caring and waiting for the seed to germinate and grow into a plant.
Facilitate children’s understanding by asking questions such as:
- How did the character feel when the plant did not grow at first?
- Did the character give up? How long did you think he/she waited for the plant to grow?
- How would you encourage the character?
#2 Engage children in authentic experiences that require them to demonstrate 'Perseverance'
Engaging children in an authentic experience helps to make their learning real, relevant and meaningful. Careful throught in planning experiences that require some time and effort for children to complete will provide authentic experiences to highlight the value of perseverance. Such activities should provide opportunities for small successes, to help children to persist and not be easily discouraged.
a. Plan a hands-on activity that requires substantial time and effort for children to complete.
Get the children into groups and allow them to choose from a variety of seeds (e.g. raw ground nuts, pearl beans, broad beans) that they would want to grow. Provide each group with the necessary materials (e.g. recycled plastic containers, soil and the seeds) and have them plant the seeds.
#3 Provide opportunities for reflection to reinforce understanding of ‘Perseverance’
- Learning dispositions can be encouraged through reviewing children’s progress towards achieving their goal. Encourage children to share and listen as they recount their challenges, and model appropriate behaviour and language by celebrating their efforts and not just their achievement.
- “How did you feel when your plant did not seem to grow on the first and second day?”
- What made you press on without giving up?
- How did you encourage one another to continue to care for the plants?
- “Towards the last few days, have all of you been watering your plants? Why is it important to press on and continue watering them?”
- As children respond quickly to songs and rhymes, teachers can use them to teach and reinforce concepts. Choose a simple song that children can sing and remember the lyrics easily.