How did they carry out the best practice?
Project is suitable To connected learners age of six To students of Saimia (nurses..) Students got knowledge of children, children got knowledge of human beings.
Six year old children started the project to study human beings. Children and their parents gathered questions from May to August. There were many questions about human beings. “Is it possible to get long hair if you give plenty of water to your hair? Why do you need helmet while riding with bike? How do you get strong bones? Is it dangerous when your heart is ponding?” We made video about our questions.
On May we had already discussed with the teacher Mia Blomqvist who is the teacher of nurses and students of paramedic at Saimia. The students need knowledge about children, they do not know how to behave while having children as customers. Our discussion ended and we promised to keep in touch.
We made a video about our questions of children. We sent the video to students of Mia Blomqvist at Saimia. The students answered to us with video and asked us to come for a visit on November.
Before workshops of Saimia we visited health care nurse of our school with the toys of children. They measured their toys with nurse and also they visited social worker of school and discussed with her. What belongs to the good life. Do they have friends.
The cook of our school also visited our classroom telling about bones and what do you need to get strong bones. Children made statistics about eating habits of vegetables, drinking milk and we got 206 yes/answers as many as we have bones.
Before November we asked what ideas children had about how much sleep do they need, what kind of food should they eat, We had project-based learning approach to find the answers to their questions. Our students age of six had the opportunity to develop knowledge and skills through our engaging project of human beings. They had also noticed challenges that they had not slept or they had not eat properly and they had noticed problems in the real world. We discussed at forest about problems of children.” If you do not sleep, you cry a lot. You cannot go to the trip to the forest, legs are heavy- you don’t have strength.” said Väinö age of six. Everyone was expert of sleepinghabits.
At November children were learning by doing at Saimia. The students of Saimia had designed workshops based on the questions of our children. Questions were about heart, about what is inside of human being, about ambulance, about knowledge of eating habits and health care. They got consequence of experience. Children discussed a lot and they had opportunity to be active while learning. They discussed, made experiments, measured and were able to try for example the equipments of ambulance.
Children age of six made presentation and organized an event to their parents 28.01.2020. Parents, sisters and brothers visited posters where children told about our projects, put heart, brains, inestine and lungs to real places and explained how to get good brains, what do you need to get strong heart. They measured the ponding of heart with stethoscope before running at gym and after running. They made a poster together with their parents about what their heart likes a lot. They visited skeleton and they made statistic s about what they think is bad for their teeth. There were eggs lying inside vinegar, pepsi soft drink, milk, water, blueberry juice, tea and coffee. Children put plastic cube near that bad drink, made hypotheses. Then they observed the eggs and noticed that vinegar was harmful to egg- egg lost the shell totally, also egg lying inside the pepsi was weak, blueberry juice, coffee and tea made shell of egg discolored. It is important to wash your teeth!
Solving real-world issues lack of sleep, lack of vitamins are good knowledge to children.
Teachers part is to prepare students for success in life, the way to that is to prepare children for a project-based world.
At this project children age of six were able to involve experiential learning and discovery learning with the help of students of Saimia, with the help of own parents and with the help of cook of school, social worker of school and heath care nurse of school. Children also asked questions about growing from teachers and assistant of our school. One was really tall and one really small. Children focused to questions, they got challenges to find out how to measure the pounding of heart, how to get heart pound a lot- how to get healthy heart.
Children used critical thinking – Tiia and also Julius our teachers had both eaten good way, had moved a lot, had slept and still Tiia was small and Julius tall. What is the reason? The used communication skills, did collaboration, and used creativity.
Children had opportunities for feedback and revision of the plan and the project during the whole project starting from their own questions.
Students presented their problems, research process, methods, and results to their parents on 28.01.2020 at LUMA week. Children got also knowledge of food and senses as a part of their wellbeing. Food is full of properties that we perceived with our senses of smell, touch, hearing, sight and taste. Link to video.