This morning for group time I decided to use a Teddy hand puppet as I thought it would engage the children in some songs. I started with singing "What do you think my name is". I then with the aid of the puppet selected a child which was Marlee I started to sing and the children joined in singing out Marlee's name. Hunter chose Pilar and so on. The children laughed everytime a name was called out. It was lovely to see the children were able to name every child even our new little ones. Elliot has a great sense of humour and could not stop laughing until it was his turn as at first he went really shy then he came good. Samara also loved the song tapping her feet as we sang along. Dylan Jot giggled when it was his turn. After the song I read them a story then out of the blue Jack said "Old McDonald song" so we all sang along making lots of animal sounds.
Link to Pedagogical Documentation
Outcomes: 2: Children are connected with and contribute to their world Elements: 2.1 Children develop a sense of belonging to groups and communities and an understanding of the reciprocal rights and responsibilities necessary for active community participation. Children enjoy visuals at group times.
This learning experience can be linked to Steiner's theories. He believes that children need free creative play to develop their bodies and mind.
Critical Reflection: This morning I used a hand puppet as a visual to allow the children to express and expand on their language and literacy skills. I find using the visuals help the children to sit and listen to our group time songs and stories. Follow up: Continue with the visual aids.