It’s amazing how quickly children pick up the things you say and do. I always cringe when I hear the kids at school do impressions of me telling them off, and then smile to myself when they ‘do the register’ at their little computer. Hold that thought of children imitating us 🙂
A couple of weeks ago, the class teacher went on a poundland splurge and bought 30 lots of playdough to be used for our new morning activity. Before the register, we usually do Wake and Shake, which is getting the kids to use gross motor skills (I think)…or a bit of an aerobics session to wake us up before a hard day of learning through play, with the occasional carpet and phonics session thrown in for good measure.
SO, before all that bundle of laughs kicks off, we Wake and Shake. Our new morning activity, however: the Dough Disco. Picture in your mind what that might be exactly…got it? Now watch this video.
Haha what do you think? The teacher told the kids, “Now, this lady’s a bit crazy, but we’re going to see if we like it.” And they LOVE it! There is an actual educational reason behind it: working on getting their fingers stronger for writing (definitely something to try at home if you have little ones, she’s pretty hilariously brilliant!). But, as the kids see it, they’re watching the “crazy lady” on the board and get to have the playdough out. Thus she will forever be known by our little crew of lovelies. It does make me realise that they take in, quite possibly, EVERYTHING that we say and do. Apart from, of course, when you tell them 5 times a day NOT to push their friends to the ground. Somehow, those things slip right back out again…
Funny story on that note: one little boy has some issues with what’s socially acceptable/generally a good thing to do in life, so when he bit someone else, we had words, quite serious words, and moved on. During a completely unrelated discussion on the carpet a good few weeks later, he came out with, “And you shouldn’t bite…no, we can’t bite.” As I write it, I realise that it isn’t actually that funny, possibly a had-to-be-there moment with his earnest little face, big blue eyes and kind of cute voice. Nevertheless, it’s encouraging to know that some things go in…choosing to follow the advice is the next step!