From observing the children throughout the duration of my work experience I have noticed that they are keen to express their creativity. They have a strong imagination and displayed the ability to add stories their pictures. I aim to adhere to their creative strengths and enjoyment of storytelling by creating an arts and crafts related activity that will allow them to incorporate role play into their art activity. This particular age group are at the developmental stage that thoroughly enjoys role play.
For this activity I have chosen to make masks with the children to allow them to express themselves through role play. This will allow them to be imaginative and create any character they desire. This is an important form of play for this age group and I feel it is my job as the care taker to accommodate it. I have chosen this activity as I feel it will promote all areas of their holistic development in a fun and easy way that all the children can participate in.
For this activity I will be working with a class of twenty between the age of three and four. I am working in the vicinity of Park Academy crèche in Cherrywood.
Early Childhood development refers to the physical, intellectual, linguistic, emotional and social development of children from birth to six years. The study of child development is important to understand in order to work towards improvement of a child’s wellbeing which is why it has been the subject of much research.(Flood 2010:3) ) In order to ensure that all the areas of child development are stimulated the ECCE setting must follow the curriculum framework of Aistear. The Aistear guidelines promote curriculums that support children in their Wellbeing, Identity and belonging, Communication, Exploring and thinking. (Donohoe & Gaynor 2011: 14) This allows children to ‘grow as competent and confident learners within loving relationships with others.’ (National Council for Curriculum and...