Last month P2 have been discovering how babies understand long before we realise, so it is very important to communicate and respond to babies. The children thoroughly enjoyed their visit from baby Arthur and his mum, he was showing us how he communicates his feelings and wishes to his mum Miss Younger with body gestures, facial cues and making a variety of sounds. The children sang nursery rhymes to Arthur and created a book of their drawings which was presented to Arthur of their favourite rhymes and songs. In addition P2 were learning how to read baby Arthur’s emotions and this helps us to read each other’s emotions.
The next time Arthur came to visit we had previously been discussing how people are the same in many ways , buy there are also many ways we are different. Also P2 discovered we all have different temperament traits and every family is unique. The children wrote letters and created drawings to Arthur telling him what is important to them. When Arthur came to visit he enjoyed a snack in front of the children, food that he liked and a new food, this enabled the children to read Arthurs facial cues on how he felt about the food and when he had had enough. The children also noticed that his mum made positive noises when he ate, encouraging him to enjoy his snack and recognising the signs of when he was finished.
Please check out our Roots of Empathy notice board in Mrs McDermot’s classroom and http://www.rootsofempathy.org