This month P2 have been sharing their experiences of losing teeth and growing new ones through stories and artwork.
The children enjoyed baby Arthur and his mum Miss Younger visiting us to tell us all about being a parent and how she is coping with Arthur just beginning to start teething. Also the children were delighted to see Arthur sitting up and experiencing his world in a different way.
The children were able to relate to how Arthur must be feeling about teething and to give Miss Younger suggestions on how to soothe him.
The theme focused on how caring and planning for baby during their first year is demanding, exciting and a challenging responsibility. Also that caring for babies involves routines, eg. bathing, feeding and changing baby, and that some babies thrive on routines.
In addition the children discovered that parents learn to recognise baby’s way of showing his/her needs and how to respond to those needs. As well as spending huge amounts of time, energy and resource feeding, changing nappies, comforting, dressing, undressing and bathing baby. Also that these simple interactions play an important role in baby’s cognitive, social, emotional and physical development.
Finally that the more a parent can turn these routines into to opportunities for playful and loving interactions. The more a baby can achieve a secure attachment, become competent and cope positively with life.
Last term P2 were learning about how crying is a baby’s main means of communication, that babies are just letting us know they need help. Letting their parent/caregiver know they have a physical or psychological need.
The children were delighted to have their second visit from baby Arthur and his mum Miss Younger, they helped the children understand that a baby’s temperament determines the frequency, intensity and duration of their crying. Miss Younger shared her experience of being a parent and Arthur was happy to do some gentle exercises to show us how much he had developed since his last visit.
In addition P2 discovered many techniques for soothing a crying baby such as cuddling, walking, talking, singing, gently rocking and that each baby has their own unique preferences for being soothed. Also that a persistently crying baby can cause a parent/caregiver to become frustrated, the children discussed different strategies to help them cope.
Last week P2 started Theme 3: Caring and Planning for Baby and we were focusing on teething and how they felt when they lost their first baby tooth, through sharing their experiences with the class and in their drawings. They are looking forward to seeing Baby Arthur and Miss Younger next week to find out how to care and plan for baby and to see how much Arthur has grown.
Please check out our Roots of Empathy Notice Board in Mrs McDermot’s class room!