Like any other nursery, ours keeps learning journals for each child. As parents we can sign them out as and when to peruse at leisure and see what they’ve been up to. Always useful when you only get a short handover at the end of the day, when I can never remember what I want to ask.
I took N’s home the other day as I’d not seen it since the last parent’s evening. They take lots of photos of the children anyway, so any spares not used get left in their drawers for parents to take if wanted, but it’s great to see everything written up and the regular assessments showing specific skills they’re learning with examples.
Obviously nursery don’t see some of the things he does at home, so some of his achievement levels aren’t quite right, although there are other things (like pedalling) which he does all the time at nursery, but at home avoids (having gravel for most of the outdoor space does impact that!).
I love looking at the photos, some of them in particular make me chuckle as they’re so typically N.
But N always picks up his journal when it’s at home. He loves looking at his own pictures too, and he’ll tell me what he’s doing in them. It’s definitely a good way to get conversation going. I might have to get the photo albums out for him to flick through.
When I told his key worker about him looking at the journal (and pulling out some of the pages as they’re never that secure as it grows in size), she said he likes looking at it at nursery with her as well.
He’s always liked looking at photos of himself and posing in the mirror, so I shouldn’t really be surprised!
Do your children like looking through photo albums and journals? What do they think to photos of themselves?