Today during group time Massa brought out a story book before lunch arrived. It was called 'Dear Zoo'. Every page was a new animal. When the lion came Nathan, Pilar and Abuk roared. Aarvi said "lion!". They did the same when the frog came. Pilar, Nathan and Marlee said "ribbet ribbet!" And did a little movement to match. Once the camel came Massa asked "what animal is this?", they were all unsure of what it was. Along with the book we gave out a few animal toys and our Joeys obviously loved this. Nathan and Hunter played with their toy whilst listening to the story. Jack, Elijah, Tilly, Elya, Hunter and Kavith were very focused on the book and therefore contributed less to our discussion. Where as Elliot and Samara weren't interested in sitting with the group or listening to a story. Overall, the children always enjoy a story especially about animals and most were engaged as we read it.
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Outcomes: 5: Children are effective communicators Elements: 5.1 Children interact verbally and non-verbally with others for a range of purposes. Children were able to effectively communicate and interact verbally to convey their understanding in animals via images and sounds. They achieved this by having sufficient language and verbally expressing their ideas and thoughts.
This learning experience can be linked to Piaget's theories. He believes the child is an active learner and that the child must be given opportunities to explore, discover and experiment. This principals underpin all cognitive development.
Critical reflection I believe as an educator story time and reading activities are extremely beneficial for young children's cognitive and language development. They were able to identify animals based on their appearance and create a sound through the connection established. They engaged confidently and participated within small groups. All educators listened and responded to children and encouraged them by asking questions. Follow up: Continue reading story books focusing on animals.