When my little boy was in reception I couldn’t have told you whether he was left or right handed. He would barely pick up a pencil, let alone sit and do any writing!
On parent meetings I would open his learning journal to find blank pages staring back at me! What I did find were copious observations and “Child speech” bubbles where I could see how the teachers/TA’s had questioned his learning and taken the learning to him!
He has the most amazing imagination, and what he can’t make out of a toilet roll tube isn’t worth it’s salt!
He is forever digging in our recycling box to find the next piece of kit, to create the “next super sonic contraption”
Recently at school for World Book Day, he was given the title ” The Tunnel” and was asked to create a story jar using this title as his inspiration. What happened next was astounding!
My little boy now 6yrs 3/4 (his words) set to, to create the most fascinating story jar, story, illustrations and movie.
He sat for hours on the kitchen floor, with a large piece of paper and set to illustrating the pictures first. This led into his writing, and then scene making. He then asked if I would help him create a movie using “I motion”
The purpose of this post, is NOT to blow the trumpet of great parenting, but to hopefully pass on the crucial message, that play, investigation, engagement, enjoyment were all key factors in the success of this project. Had Sam not been given the opportunities to develop his imagination, social skills, speaking and listening skills whilst in the Foundation Stage he wouldn’t have the words in his head to be able to get them down on paper. He is now in Year 2 and has a passion for writing stories (albeit as long as they contain skate ramps and monsters!!!)