This is a really fun and uplifting song about change. It refers to different sorts of change, feelings associated with change and how feelings can change over time. This video can be used to introduce the topic of change and events in children’s lives and how they feel/felt about them. The topic should start with a discussion where children identify ‘changes’ in the clip such as moving house and changes in nature as well as identifying the message behind the clip and how the main character’s feelings change about his situation. Children can then share their own personal experiences involving change and whether they identify with the main character. Literature may here be looked at, e.g. Sams Bush Journey by Sally Morgan telling the story about how a boy changes his perspective on being in the bush after he spends time in it. The teacher may like to highlight the shared experience of coming to school as a discussion point where children can recall how they felt about the idea of school and whether their feelings have changed.
Devall and Cahill (1995) in writing about ‘Addressing Children’s Life Changes in the Early Childhood Curriculum’ suggest that teachers can facilitate children’s emotional expressions and build on understanding through the use of dramatic play and discuss events that effect individuals, the entire class or the community. Children can then devise a play using sock puppets they make in class and act out a story that relates to change such as starting school. Characters that could here be considered include students, parents, teachers, bus driver and principal. Duvall and Cahill (1995) stress that teachers need to work with parents to support all types of change in children’s lives and that teachers should act as a resource to families, referring them to books and helping professionals.
When covering the topic of change teachers should use literature that looks at events in children’s lives that may help them, e.g. experiences at school, moving areas, new family members and going to the hospital.
Devall, L. & Cahill, B. (1995) Addressing Children’s Life Changes in the Early Childhood Curriculum Early Childhood Education Journal, 23 (2) pp 57-62
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