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Heidi looks at book about thunder

Two year old Heidi as just been out in the garden at nursery when there was a thunderstorm. She was frightened and the other children and adults have been helping to make her feel better. She's chosen a book to share with the practitioner.

Good for looking at

  • Sustained shared thinking
  • Communication and language development
  • Helping children over come fears
 

Two year old Heidi as just been out in the garden at nursery when there was a thunderstorm. She was frightened and the other children and adults have been helping to make her feel better. She’s chosen a book to share with the practitioner.

Notice

  • What cues can you see that shows what Heidi is interested in? (Look out for non-verbal and body language as well as spoken language)
  • How is Heidi learning? Which areas of development, engagement and characteristics of learning can you observe?
  • In what ways the adult supporting Heidi’s learning?

Reflect

What are your thoughts about:

  • The value of this type of interaction for Heidi?
  • The role of the adult in this interaction – how did the adult support Heidi?
  • The importance of the choice of book for Heidi?

Respond

What would you do to:

  • Support Heidi’s understanding of the world and calm her fears about thunder?
  • Extend Heidi’s learning – emotions are intrinsically linked to learning and feeling scared at nursery after the storm could be a powerful experience for Heidi which could be remembered as a fearful or a powerful learning experience. How could you develop her understanding further?
  • Model reading skills for young children and show how useful they are?
  • Could you talk about your own fears and how you over came them?

What next:

  • Do you need to encourage more of this kind of caring, supportive, interaction for all of the children in your setting
  • Do you need to make changes to make spaces inviting for sharing books together?
  • Do you know enough about the value of allowing children to share books in a relaxed warm environment? How do you manage this in your setting?

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