By Cath Arnold
“the booklet indicates really powerfully ...how a well-resourced and versatile studying surroundings should be exploited by means of childrens to channel their pursuits and extend their realizing… in addition to contributing to our realizing of studying, it may additionally serve… to notify debate approximately gaining children’s consent within the examine process.” Early Years
This booklet is ready Harry, a made up our minds little boy, who's intrinsically inspired to discover his global from an early age. His mom and dad and grandparents locate him so attention-grabbing that they maintain a written and video diary of Harry's play from while he's eight months to 5 years. the writer bargains theories approximately how young ones study and applies the theories to the observations of Harry.
The ebook demonstrates how successfully Harry accesses every one sector of the curriculum via his pursuits. It indicates how Harry develops coping concepts whilst the kinfolk reports significant adjustments. It additionally highlights the contribution made via Harry's mom and dad and his early years educators to his early schooling. a lot of what we know about Harry's early studying could be utilized to many different younger children.
This booklet approximately one kid's early improvement and studying might be of curiosity to all who're enthusiastic about how youngsters examine - nursery practitioners, early years academics, mom and dad, scholars and advisers.
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At the weekly curriculum-planning meeting, Lorna reflects on and analyses the observations of Harry. We use a framework for analysis. We think about: • • • • • • • • how ‘involved’ Harry is during the whole session (Laevers 1997); how his ‘well-being’ is (Laevers 1997); which ‘schemas’ or patterns Harry is exploring (Athey 1990; Bruce 1991; Arnold 1997, 1999); which areas of learning he is exploring (QCA 2000); his preferred learning style (Gardner 1991); who he plays with (Pollard 1996); his ‘dispositions’ (Carr 2001); and how adults relate to Harry (Pascal and Bertram 1997; Whalley and Arnold 1997).
Learning dispositions Katz and Chard (1989: 35) introduce the idea of ‘dispositions’ or ‘habits of mind’ being important. They say that educators and parents . . readily nominate many dispositions when asked to indicate their hopes for the outcome of education. They generally agree on the desirability of encouraging children’s UNDERSTANDING HARRY’S DEVELOPMENT AND LEARNING 35 curiosity, creativity, resourcefulness, independence, initiative, responsibility and other positive dispositions. (Katz and Chard 1989: 30) These are ways of being that are helpful to children when they are learning.
156). Harry stays closer to his parents in a new environment or situation or when he experiences anything as threatening. For example, at Christmas, when Harry is 1 year 7 months, his dad takes Harry and Georgia to the town centre to see the Christmas lights being switched on. Harry appears scared and needs reassurance when he gets close to Santa. 3 Children build up internal working models Bowlby would say that Harry gradually ‘builds up a set of models’ of himself and others ‘based on repeated patterns of interactive experience’ (Holmes 1993: 78).