This schema is characterised by moving (or 'transporting') objects from one place to another.
Whether it's sand in a wheelbarrow, toys in a pram, stones in pockets or water in a container, children displaying this schema will delight in moving it.
They may also like to:
Talk to the child about what he/she is doing
Give them words to describe what they are doing, such as moving, carrying, positioning, shifting, carting and running.
Look for ways to encourage exploration. Ask questions, like:
Create increasingly stimulating and challenging set-ups
Children need familiarity and repetition, but also variety and challenge.
Without making drastic changes, look for ways to increase the complexity and challenge of a transporting setup.
Provide for groups of children with similar schemas
Look for ways to enable groups of children with similar schemas to play together. They will stimulate each other, providing encouragement and new ideas.
Read books about transporting
Children love to hear and read stories about things they are interested in.
Reading books with transporting themes will extend their transporting vocabulary and give them opportunities to explore new ideas about transporting.
Take pictures and write learning stories
Children learn by revisiting activities again and again. Looking at photos and reading learning stories is a way of revisiting, and an opportunity for children to deepen their understanding of the activity.
Transporters will use anything to transport, including hands, pockets, hats – maybe even mouths!
Here are some pieces of equipment they will love:
By supporting a child's schema, such as transporting, you are encouraging their exploration, empowering them in their passion and nurturing their wellbeing. These are three of the strands of Te Whāriki.
To learn more about Te Whāriki, visit the website.
Getting Started With Schemas, By Nikolien Van Wijk
Our thanks to the Auckland Playcentre Shop for permission to use this article. Great play starts here.