To invite close exploration, investigation and imagination we invited the children to look at some natural materials and beautiful sensory jewels. It was wonderful to observe the creativity and creative expression when the children worked together, representing their ideas with the objects provided on a large mirror.
Natasha: I’m making an island, a big island.
Mats: I’m making a pattern.
Inga: A red heart and a green heart, there you go Natasha. This one is so pretty, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, …. Do you need this?
Natasha: Yes I do, I like that one. There is much room here on my island, look I’m making a big island.
The children became inspired by such intriguing objects and it was fascinating to observe how they used their developing language skills to communicate and work together to share ideas and solve problems.
For Joao this was a valuable opportunity to count the objects in English and to sort them according to various attributes. The children used mathematical language in their play like ‘big’, ‘small’ and ‘pattern’.
Natasha, Inga and Mats were able to tell their own stories about the objects and what they might represent in their imagination, providing them with a rich language experience.