Talking to Prep kids
Voice Over: 200 Children’s Voices. Prep. Places I like to learn.
Children’s Voices: I like to learn in the playground.
To make a fairy garden in the sandpit.
That can be a little home. Let’s– We get to play mommies and daddies because there’s a little house in there. But where are they going to sleep? They have to have somewhere to sleep.
In the library, because we can see the books. and we might see some interesting words.
At the sports because we do soccer sometimes. It’s different because we don’t run in the classroom.
In the picnic area, and we can play picnic.
Voice Over: What I like to do.
Children’s Voices: If you do groups, there’s lots of fun stuff to do, like drawing, doing Play-Doh, painting.
Box construction, because you get to make things that move. You just decide which one you want to do.
And what would you like today?
I have so much money.
Voice Over: What I’ve learned at school.
Children’s Voices: You learn stuff about new things you don’t know.
We discovered that we can pour the water into the pipes to make the water move.
Learning how to write books by ourselves about my friends and me and sometimes make up characters.
Doing my maths. It makes me learn, and you have to write it properly.
Voice Over: How I learn.
Children’s Voices: Well, I keep practicing, and practicing, and practicing at my house. I keep reading all my books.
If you do easy stuff at school, you never learn. I think about stuff and then I make it come true by writing it. And then I show it to my teacher.
It’s good that that you be a good learner.
Like doing stuff that you don’t know, and gain new things.
Voice Over: What would make schools better?
Children’s Voices: I think schools would be better if they were more funner.
More art teachers, and more playing time.
Somewhere to have peace and quiet, like a tree house.
We can have our own lighthouse, and we can play in the lighthouse, and we can turn the light on and off.
A very, very cool playground. If you can do what you want to do, put games on every day so we can always go to it, and we’re allowed in every area.
It would be fun if we could go back to kindy back in time, and bring the stuff that we wanted from kindy to school so it will be more fun, because we were allowed outside whenever we wanted. But at school, we’re not really allowed to have fun because we have to just learn. So we should still keep some learning, but have more play.
Where do you like to learn? This is what we asked children in Prep. Turns out, children enjoy learning in lots of different places and spaces including at home with parents and friends, outdoors at the beach or in the playground and in community spaces like museums and libraries.
We filmed these discussions as part of the Listen! 200 Children’s Voices research project. Together with the Griffith Institute for Educational Research and the department’s Metropolitan region, the study focused on the importance of listening to children’s ideas about their education. You can view more of the videos here.