(1)Aims: The aim of this assignment is to demonstrate and plan a story to read to a group of children aged 2 and half to 4. I chose this age group because this is the group I work with on a daily bases from 9:30 to 12:30 five days a week. I am picking a story called “Oh Dear” by Rod Campbell who is a Scottish writer and illustrator of several popular children's books including the classic lift-the-flap board book “Dear Zoo”. As it is a story that helps the children with learning the different animals on the farm and also encourages the children to use their imaginations as they lift up the different flaps in the book to see what is behind them. Which Maria Montessori says “Imaginative teaching materials are the heart of the process”. All of Rod Campbell’s “books have simple text often with repeating phrases which is ideal for pre-readers” and will also Help the children with langue and intellectual skills. “The child proceeds at his own pace in an environment controlled to provide means of learning” -Maria Montessori. this book also helps the children physically as they have to get up to lift up the flaps on the book “movement is therefore the essential of life education cannot be conceived of ad a means to moderate or worse to inhibit movement; it should only function as an aid to a better expenditure of energy whilst allowing it to develop normally” -Maria Montessori pg 102 discovery of a child. “The aim of the children who persevere in their work with an object is certainly not to “learn”; they are drawn to it by the needs of their inner life, which must be recognized and developed by its means.” – Maria Montessori pg 120 discovery of a child. To develop their attention spans children need time to engage fully in things that capture and hold their attention and that is hopefully what this book will do for them. A Pretend play fosters visualization skills as children imagine themselves as other people in other situations.
(1)Objectives: in order to achieve my aims I will be doing the following steps. 1-Discussing with my supervisor what story she feels suitable for the children and their age group also what time of day would be best and what way would be the best way to complete the activity. 2-I am going to find out more about literature in story telling for children. 3-See what type of story telling the children prefer.
4-Observe the children during the activity and see how they benefit and learned from the activity. Maria Montessori has learned about children and developed her theories on child development. She observed without preconceived ideas that helped her develop materials that the children needed and were interested in. It is also the way adults can learn about what the child needs. If the child starts banging on objects, they have the need for that gross motor activity, and then give them a drum. If they are pushing things around the room, they need to walk but can’t do it themselves yet, help them or give them the opportunity to push and give them for example a wagon to push. This is how observation can help create harmony, fulfilling the child’s current needs. -Did they use their imaginations?
-Did it help them recognise the different animals on the farm? -Were they interested in the story?
-Did it help them physically?
-Did it help them develop intellectually? -Were their langue skills used?
-Did they use their emotional skills?
-Were they socially involved in the story?