This month in our Toddler 2 room, we have been reading ‘Percy the Park Keeper’ and ‘Jack and the Beanstalk’ and the children have loved learning through these stories.
Using a storybook as a stimulus is a fantastic way of awakening children’s interests and it is an easy way of providing children with a bank of vocabulary they may not have had previously. By unlocking their imaginations and targeting their interests we can help them build up another store of narrative patterns they will remember and use again. Over the next few weeks we will be extending this use of vocabulary by making Jack and the Beanstalk story spoons, so that the children can have a go at using this newly acquired language in the correct context.
While reading the stories the children were able to recognise lots of different features from the world around them. These included flowers, trees, soil and weeds. This allowed for lots of questioning and curiosity into the different features.
As practitioners, we constantly strive to provide new and exciting activities to engage our little learners. We provided tuff trays with carrots, potatoes, diggers and shovels. We explored different leaf patterns and new flower buds. The children enjoyed being able to cut up the flowers and look at the different parts, as well as using them to make prints with paint.