Hello everyone, welcome to our April newsletter! As always, we provide an overview of what is happening within our childcare community. This month we will focus on behaviour patterns in children.
For some time now, early childhood theorists have recognised behaviour patterns in children which help explain certain behaviours and actions that can be confusing to families. Known as Schemas, we break them down so you can recognise them in your own child, and offer suggestions of toys or resources that fit the behaviour.
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Topic of the month
Behaviour Patterns… what all families need to know!
Author: Brooke James
Why do children do things? Have you ever seen a child create a beautiful piece of art, then completely ruin it by covering it entirely in scribble or paint? Have you ever gifted a child with a present, then watch them show more interest in the packaging or the box than the present itself?
These patterns of repeatable behaviour which can be noticed in children’s play are called Schemas, and they can provide an explanation or a genuine “Ah-ha” moment for families. Why does my child always line their toys up? Why do they smash every tower of blocks they build? A useful tool to have when your child becomes fixed on things. A little understanding can help you feel less frustrated when you know there’s the reasoning behind it.
By recognising the patterns of behaviour within individual children, families can plan experiences to support their child’s interests and learning. And, the best part…? They don’t need to be difficult, expensive, or time-consuming!
Here’s a run-down of different Schemas your child may experience:
The natural urge to move things from one place to another.
Children will be fascinated with moving objects - and themselves - from place to place in this behaviour pattern. Your child might enjoy moving items from one area to another, perhaps they also like the movement of themselves.
You may see the pushing and pulling of objects, carrying resources from one spot to another in jars, buckets or bowls. Pushing themselves or their friends around in ride-on vehicles, prams, or similar.
If your child displays an interest in Transporting:
Support children with this schema by providing opportunities to carry items from A to B. For example, a selection of buckets, bags, trailers, wheelbarrows, bikes, backpacks, dump trucks and push toys to fill and transport a variety of items.
Provide an array of blocks, loose parts like colourful glass beads and paddle pop sticks. Natural resources, like pebbles & twigs, that your child can transport using their chosen mode.
Use pasta, rice, and lentils for messy play activities, with jars or containers to transport them.
Offer waterplay or bathtime with a variety of containers to move the water from one container to another.
The Transporting Schema in more detail.