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The blog is early this week!

Last week we focused quite a lot on self-identity and had mirror time. We read a lot of books facing the mirror and explored toys facing the mirror.

This week, Nathaniel looked at the mirror, looked at himself and smiled. Una would look at herself in the mirror and keep staring. 

On Monday, we did an art activity where I had put 2-3 different kind of paints and covered the canvas with cling wrap. Both of them seemed to have enjoyed it.

We went out on a walk yesterday and they enjoyed their moment in the sunshine.

We explored different types of sensory items by keeping them on the light table and they were engrossed. Una was on her belly for some time while exploring the sensory items and magna tiles.

We explored the white sand and guess what? Neither of them put it in their mouth :)

They both were very focused.

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Highlights from this week.

As this was the first week, we did not get to do much as Una is still settling down and was having shorter days. Nathaniel has settled down because we got to spend time over the summer and he has gotten used to the classroom now. We did a few activities this week and have attached a few pictures below, but rest of them will come to you through email.

Depending on their schedule, I am trying to do circle time every day where we use different musical instruments or bottles with objects that make a sound. We sing songs like abcs, hello song, itsy bitsy, wheels on the bus, etc. 

Also read a few books everyday and these vary. Just to list a few- Brown Bear Brown Bear, I am Small, ABC's, NUmber book from 1-5 (touch and feel ), touch and feel animal book , llama llama wakey wakey, and a few others.

Also, for now- I am getting Nathaniel to do the MORE sign, because it will be helpful in the future and everytime we are done with something I do the ALL done sign. Will be starting this with Una in a few months.

 

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Forming a sense of self identity

This year our school is going to focus on how the child forms a sense of self identity and gains understanding of the world around them. Our class will be focusing on the same in an age appropriate manner. We will be focusing more on developing a sense of self by doing more  mirror activities and placing them in front of the mirror. This will encourage facial recognition, we can see their expressions, and understand the basics of social emotional regulation. There are quite a few mirrors around our classroom just to this beginning formation of sense of self. Generally, around this age babies tend to learn about who they are by touching their own face, body and by grabbing or kicking things. And through this, they gain a better understanding of the world around and start to enjoy the influence of their actions on the world.

Music is one way we can promote sense of self. Music is very powerful and has meaning that goes beyond words. Music is not only beneficial to give and receive love but also supports the formation of important brain connections that are being established in the early years of life.  A few rhymes like: peek-a-boo or the hello song makes them get used to their name and who they are.

According to the psychologist Erik Erikson, he developed a few stages of development depending on different age groups, trust vs mistrust applies to infants and children who are up to one year old. Their self-concept is determined by how well they can trust that their needs are met. What also helps is holding their hand or when they hold your fingers or hands.

Greeting them and speaking their name constantly also helps a lot because they start responding to it.

 

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