I have set up this blog in order to document children's fascinations and patterns of behaviour whilst they play and learn in our nurseries and crèches across Thanet.
These patterns of behaviour are known as 'Schemas'. A Schema is a piece of repeated behaviour which children follow to develop 'their own ideas and thoughts through play and exploration,' (Louis et al, 2008).
Friday, 4 March 2011
What is a trajectory schema?
Trajectory is all about straight lines up and down or across.
Trajectory schema may have elements of vertical, horizontal and grid movements.
A child that has a trajectory schema is interested in things, and themselves moving in straight lines; up and down or across. It is a very common schema and one that young babies will often display; explaining why they love to drop things from their highchairs.
This two year old builds a trajectory line with blocks
A child with a trajectory schema may
Always seem to be running around.
Likes throwing things.
Likes to play with running water.
Likes pushing or building things in a straight line.
Main behaviours associated with trajectory schema include:
Spending a long time in the bathroom playing with running water
Climbing onto and jumping off equipment
Children placing cartons and crates in straight lines
Drawing or painting lines
Making lines of cars, bricks, animals etc
Pouring water from jugs
Hose pipes and sprays
Dribble runny paint
This two year old child has positioned animals in a straight line