mammy is invited to bring her 4-week-old baby boy and 2-year-old
girl to the classroom. This is planned in advance and Mammy is advised
to put a little thought into the questions children might ask. Many
children in the class have never seen a new born before. The class
prepares to welcome our visitors. When visitors are settled questions
and discussion begin.
The class are encouraged to ask questions about the baby e.g. what
is his name? How old is he? What does he eat? How long does he sleep?
will be encouraged to observe that the baby will not sit up by himself;
will need to be held by an adult; that in contrast they themselves
can sit and stand unaided.
place the baby's hand and his four-year-old sister's hand on a piece
of paper and take a photograph of it using the digital camera.
We will also
(a) the baby and two year old's hands
(b) baby, two year old's hand and four year olds hands
(c) baby, two year old's hand and four year olds hands and then
(d) baby with some girls from the class.
will compare and contrast the similarities and differences between
a) a baby and child; b) baby and adult; and c) child and adult.
will download and print out the photographs The class will examine
and discuss the photos and identify the 3 stages of growth i.e.
baby - child - adult.