As a unique form of children’s literature, picture books are “the presentation of children’s culture” and an important part of children’s own world.
Children could access their inner world through picture books. As the first reading materials in children’s life, picture books satisfy their natural curiosity with the lively and interesting content, and open the door to the vast world for them. At the same time, it is also a window for children to know themselves and the world, and a spiritual place for children to place their feelings and emotions. With the help of picture books, children could release their emotions and meet the needs of their own psychological development.
Children are enjoying the picture books in the reading corner.
Picture books are also recognized as the most suitable books for children to read. Excellent picture books do not dictate plainly. To make children feel happy, many picture books are produced according to the cognitive ability, psychological characteristics and development needs of children at different ages. The theme forms are rich and diverse, and the purpose of early education can be achieved unknowingly.
Some picture books skillfully integrate cognitive function into the story, allowing children to inadvertently acquire all kinds of knowledge in interesting stories, such as the classic picture book <The Very Hungry Caterpillar>. Through the story, children can recognize various fruits and food, know the colors, learn the numbers……
Let’s follow the mini diary of our Toddlers – Panda class to review their year of reading and creation.
“Who We Are”
A corner of EY classroom.
“How We Express Ourselves”
We were reading <Let’s Make Faces> together.
Grace was making a goofy face with teacher together.
Jayden,Yoonwoo and Cissie has different expression of the “goofy face”.
When we were talking about Daddy’s face, Yoonwoo said: “my daddy is very tall.” and showed us the height with his raising hands. Sarah also raised her hands and said: “my daddy is also very tall”.
When the teacher asked: ”How does Mommy’s face look like?”, our children started to think about it.
The teacher was introducing the open-ended materials to inspire children’s creative ideas.
Jayden was making ‘a sad face’, he used the translucent buttons to represent the tears on the face.
“My mom’s eyes are bright,” said Keira, who chose two sparkly pebbles to represent her Mom’s eyes.
“My Mommy has the long hair”, said Dora.
Our Picture Book
Each book was signed with the children’s own names. It will be the most special picture book on their bookshelves, because it comes from the heart of their age – two or three years old. Hope this little book will accompany their growth. Many years later, when the grown children turn to it again, they may have forgotten the details, but if the books could encourage them to keep their original intention of being good at observation and being brave in their future life, it will be a very nice growth gift for them.
Every child is a born creator. As our teachers and parents, we should record and collect their works timely, as well as generously offer them the encouragement.