Today I brought out the shape puzzles. I wanted to see where each child was in their knowledge of shapes and which ones they could recognise. Through sitting with the children and enjoying a puzzle I was able to ask them what each shape was called and make a note of which they recognised.
Little “X” recognised the circle, triangle, star and oval. He gave me an answer when he held up the heart but it was not a word I recognised. I made a note of the sound and after having looked it up online, it sounded a lot like the word “Corazon” which is Spanish for Heart. Little “X” speaks Spanish with his family as a first language so this is very likely to be the case. I told him it was a heart and he repeated the word back to me.
He found this one quite tricky!
Little “L” was also keen to show me how well she knows her shapes and started to name each one as she added them to the board. She can recognise a circle, square, diamond, triangle, heart and star. We need to work on the Oval and rectangle.
LEARNING INTENTIONS AND IDEAS FOR EXPANDING LEARNING:
I offered these toys as a way to assess the shapes that each child recognises and which ones we need to spend some more time learning. I will make notes in each child’s profile and then offer play that helps to support the learning of the shapes that they are less familiar with.
CHARACTERISTICS OF EFFECTIVE LEARNING: