I can't wait to get started on my Little Learners corner. We will be talking about activities to do with your newborn + toddler, how to instil a love of learning in your children, how to use technology effectively + the educational apps for iPads, reward + consequence systems, gifted education, behavioural challenges, eportfolios, how to pick a school, what to ask teachers at parent/teacher interviews, healthy recipes and so much more. But today I want to start with a really easy activity you can do with children of any age, using technology.
Technology is a fabulous, enriching, challenging tool - when used correctly. If used just as a babysitter, than you can create many problems for your children. I will be talking a lot about technology throughout my posts, it was an area I specialised in as an educator and whilst working along side Google Education.
So your child, niece, cousin, friend's child wants to play with your phone - all.the.time. Technology isn't going anywhere and it is getting bigger + better. We use it everyday + it is guaranteed to be in your child's future. Learn to love it and what it can do for your child. Learn how to use it effectively.
This activity can be modified from a newborn to a toddler to a primary aged student to a high school student.
Always give an activity a purpose and relate it to the real world. This is 101 in creating a love for learning. Make sure your child can see a purpose in the activity, no matter how big or small. Create a movie for a special occasion (Dad's 30th, Grandfather's 60th, Grandma's retirement, Aunty's baby shower, Cousin's wedding, Mum's new job - remember no matter how big or small).
This will differ according to age however generally
-mathematical (spatial / patterns / time) determining how long a scene needs to go for
-social and emotional needs (planning, editing, working with others, creating something for someone else)
-technology (recording, editing, saving, importing)
iPad or iPhone
Materials around the house: pen + paper, photos
Depending on your time and age of the child involved this could be created in a day, over a week (worked on for an hour a day), over a month. Make sure you leave enough time for planning and editing.
1. Decide on your 'purpose (Dad's 30th)
2. Plan with your children (newborn - you will do the planning, but from 3 up, children can help with planning)
-planning is always good to do on butchers paper or scrap paper - make it big and visual
3. Planning - will you have photos? Actions? Words? Songs? Locations? Make sure you encourage independence + give your child jobs that they are in charge of
4. Create - record or video with your device
5. Edit - using the imovie app, insert your videos, images + music
6. Save your work
7. You could purchase a hard-drive or create a simple blog to store your movies you create, so you always have a copy + it will be a great record of how your child has grown + developed over the years
8. CELEBRATE - this is the most important step. Even if the video doesn't turn out great, make sure you all sit as a family with popcorn + watch the movie together,
- In the beginning you will have to be more hands-on but depending on the child's age, your child could work on certain sections by themselves which they will love the independence and opportunity to work on their own mini project (independent activities can range from creating an artwork for the movie to creating and recording a song or editing the movie).
I would love to see any movies you make, please email or share with me in the comments below.