Say and mime!
- Point to your enlarged photocopy of Personal autonomy poster and sayLook! We’re going to talk about things you like (smile) and things you don’t like! (shake your head). First let’s say the words!
- Point to each of the pictures in turn on the poster and say the words. Encourage the children to repeat several times. Puzzles! Music! Numbers! Monsters! Sport! Building bricks! Stories! Drawing! Plants! Dinosaurs! Dancing! Computer games! Do an exaggerated mime for each picture.
- Repeat and encourage the children to join in.
Play Stand up if you like…!
- Say and mime Stand up if you like… music! Encourage the children who like music to stand up. Very good! These boys and girls like music! Sit down please!
- Repeat in the same way naming all of the pictures eg Stand up if you like puzzles!
- When the children are confident, vary the game by saying Touch your head if you don’t like monsters!
Play Pass the puppet!
- Encourage the children to pass the class puppet around the circle. When they are holding the puppet help them say something about what they like eg I like…dinosaurs. If a child does not want to speak get them to pass the puppet on to the next child in the circle.
- When the children are confident, play the game again helping them to say I don’t like…
Complete the worksheet
- Give each child a photocopy of Personal autonomy 3 worksheet. Say Point to the puzzle. Encourage the children to point to the puzzle on their photocopy. Say Do you like puzzles? Encourage the children to answer yesor no. Ask them to colour the picture if they like puzzles or draw a red circle around the picture if they don’t like puzzles.
- The children continue by colouring the pictures that they like and drawing a red circle around the things they dislike.
Tip: It is important to help the children become autonomous and help them to believe in their own abilities. Try to encourage the children to do tasks without help where possible but reassuring them that we think they are capable of learning eg Say Come on! You can do it! Try hard! The child will receive a positive message from you and feel secure and confident. If on the other hand, we do the task for the child we are giving out the negative message I don’t think you are capable of learning how to do this! This will make the child feel insecure and dependent on you! Remember! If you demonstrate the attitude that a child can learn, they will learn!