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In the Reggio inspired classroom, the environment is the third teacher, which provides different teachable moments for teachers and children. Children can also create 100 ways of playing and thinking. Light and shadow are simple and interesting areas of investigation for children. At Avendale, the floor-to-ceiling glass windows are a valuable teaching resource. Children can see the interesting world outside and explore under natural light. Our sensory classroom can also provide children with the opportunity to explore “light” freely by using different artificial lighting options or by changing the colour and brightness of the light in the room.
This week some of our two-year old children became very interested in a provocation about light and shadow. During the day the sun shined through the glass windows. The teacher grabbed this valuable moment and waved her hands, a small “bird” flew onto the floor immediately. The teacher shouted with delight: “Look at the bird, the bird is flying!” The children looked at the roof, looked out of the window and looked around the classroom, but they didn’t find the bird. The teacher answered nervously: “On the floor, on the floor, over there!” Just as the child found the shadow on the floor, it became cloudy, and the bird flew away! All the children showed a disappointed face. Later, when it was sunny again, the children and the teacher played the shadow game and had fun. The next day, the teacher set a light projector up in the classroom. The children then began to sing and dance in front of the projector, created various postures, and learned about different shapes through the investigation of light.