UDL and Early Childhood Education

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UDL and Early Childhood Education

Universal Design for Learning: The Basics

1. Multiple Means of Action & ExpressionIdeas for multiple means of representation:1) Collect various artefacts that demonstrate childrens learning-art such as sculptures, paitnings, drawings-photographs-let children also take photographs-document childrens learning through learning stories-children can perform drama or puppet plays inspired by Maori legends, films or books about sustainability2) Techology as an asssesment tooltechnology is an important tool for assesing childrens learning becuase it provides multiple options for children to communicate and show us what they know-video children engaged in learning activities-photograph children engaged in learning activities-Use story telling apps on the Ipad-Voice record over slideshows of photographs of childrens learning- Use Carnigie Libraries Story Maker to create stories. Children may need some basic help from teachers in doing this

1. Multiple Means of RepresentationIdeas for multiple means of representation:An easy to remember way of providing multiple means of representation is through thinking about the 5 senses, reading & writting, creating and technology below are some example activities with a checklist for these areas1) Grow a vegetable gardenSight: looking at growing charts with pictures, looking for shapes and colours in the gardenSmell: smell different plants and use language prompts to describe smellsTouch: getting hands 'stuck in' while planting, when harvesting vegetables compare heavy and light vegetable weightsSound: Sing songs about vegetables and/or gardeningMove: use gardening as a physical activity e.g using a spade, digging holes, picking up watering cans ectTaste: Make vegetable soup from veges in the gardenRead and Write: read books or ebooks with text-to-speech about gardening, write labels for plantsCreate: plan out where plants will go in the garden with the children on site, or online, take photos every week of the plant in differnt stages of growthTechnology: photograph the garden from seed to soup and create a storyboard or powerpoint in chronological order to play to the children2) Nature Bush WalkSight: provide native bird, insect and plant books or websites for children to look at pictures- on the nature walk look for these animals and plantsSmell: smell flowers, bark and leaves and use descriptive language as prompts for the children. go out on nature walks when it is dry or wet and see if the smells of the bush are differentTouch: encourage children to touch the plants and feel and describe the different texture e.g bark is rough and leaves might be smooth or prickleySound: Get the children to lie down or sit with thier eyes closed and focus on only the sounds that they hear in the bush like birds chirping, leaves rusteling in the wind, branches creaking. prompt or describe these sounds to the children Move: Encourage children to explore high and low, under and overRead & Write: stop to read signs in the bush and read these aloud with childrenCreate: collect fallen leaves for crayon leaf rubbings back at the centreTechnology: Before going on the bushwalk use the internet to search the DOC Website for walking trails, and google map to show children where the bush walk is3) RecyclingSight: Use different coloured recycling bins and visual labels with pictures of the types of rubbish for each binTouch: Create artworks/ scupltures from recycled materials either found in the centre or brought from home. encourage children to think about what function the rubbish used to have and what they are doing with it nowSound: Create instruments such as rain shakers from recycled materials. Use these instruments as a whole class during mat time to explore making musicMove: sing along and dance to songs about recycling. Go out on to the streets around the centre in small groups to look for rubbish on the footpaths to recycleCreate: Make wearable arts in small groups with recycled materials and put on a wearble junk fashion showTechnology: Use the internet to research what happens to recycling after it is picked up by the recycling truck- and where rubbish goes if it is not put in recycling bins (landfil, polluting the sea, injuring marine life and wildlife ect)

UDL in Early Childhood Education

A Sustainability Example

1) What is UDL?2) UDL Basics3) The 3 Principals of UDL

1. Multiple Means of EngagementIdeas for multiple means of engagement:1) Multiple medias and technologies-Books on sustainability topics at mat time and on book shelves-Story telling about Papatuanuku, Earth Mother-Age appropriate videos or movies about sustainability with discussions-Sustainability preschool aged interactive websites and ipad games2) Multiple interactive materials-Set up a pracice recycle station game with different bins and rubbish types-Arrange natural materials indoors in a taxonomical arrangement- Arrange long life vegetables such as pumpkin, kumura, potatoes and yams as a still life example on the art table for painting or drawing3) Connect children with the environment-Go out on a nature walk outside of the centre. This can even be a weekly or monthly occournace for the children to look forward to-ask questions on the walk about plants, animals, insects, rubbish ect.-engage the senses in nature through touch, sight, smell and hearing

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