Our inquiry into the concept of change has taken many paths and viewpoints. As our final reflection on our unit, we wished for each child to consider his/her learning in relation to the changes within. A definition of learning has been co-constructed by the class this year:
“You use your brain, you think about it, and you do it.”
The children looked at themselves carefully in the mirror to draw their self-portrait to look at themselves as well as to look into themselves.
Here are the two questions we posed to each child:
- What have you learned about yourself that you could not do or did not know before, and now you know it or can do it?
- What have you learned to say or do that makes someone else happy?
Here are some of the children’s reflections upon their own learning and the changes within themselves:
When I was a baby, I cannot speak English and now I can speak English. Now I’m bigger so I climb the ELC tree.
Say “sorry” and “thank you” and “welcome” and “please”.
I can give water to the flowers and I can tidy up.
I can change my clothes by myself.
I learned to be kind.
If you are like small, we can’t eat really well. We drop and drop and drop. When you are big you don’t drop and drop and drop.
If your friend is sad- you can make them happy- you can do something nice. If you talk nicely and say like “I love you” then they are happy.
Friends don’t have any friend to play, you can say ‘may I play with you please’.
I’m little I cannot do anything like violin, soccer, Kumon- but I grow big I can do violin, swimming.
I go to Japan then I know English.
When I was in E1 I couldn’t tie like a ribbon, but now I could do it!
Hug and kiss and say sorry and say are you ok?
I didn’t know the ELC but I know ELC now. In the sports day, there is big, big ladder, little scared, I couldn’t do it. But now I could do it. Small one I wasn’t scared.
Please enjoy the self portraits slideshow below.