Child Interactions

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How quality interaction influences the learning process

My understanding of child/child interaction is that through their peers, children will learn important Social and language skill; which results in greater participation e.g. turn taking and increased self-reliance In play interaction with other children, helps them learn to resolve disputes, some children may interact differently within the comfort of their own home and with their families so pre schools are great to give the children new experiences and create different interactions with different adults and peers. Children interacting with one another also learn a lot by imitating one another’s actions and words, I observed that target child J learned a lot linguistically by imitation. Children can also interact and communicate with each other without needing to be verbal as I discovered from observing target child play kitchen with another child. From what I have researched Children interacting with one another is essential for their development and learning in every area.

The way adults interact with children also plays a very important role in children’s learning and development. In our classroom the teacher must be open minded with no pre- conditioning, prejudices or preconceived notions as to what stage the child is at for example, that all children who are four will read. Children know if their teacher or any adult is insincere. Children are quick to pick up everything. Phoebe Child, head of the Montessori trust in London, said that "we must be prepared to wait patiently like a servant, to watch carefully like a scientist, and to understand through love and wonder like a saint." Montessori encouraged each guide to be like a light to the children, helping to open their eyes to wonders around them rather than amusing them like a clown. The teacher should be an individual guide, not the leader of the classroom. Adults are present to guide and help the child navigate his or her own learning...
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