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vygotsky's theory applied to storybook

Submitted by cberg on Thu, 12/07/2017 - 11:59

According to Vygotsky, a child’s social and and cultural environments are important in fostering cognitive growth. The role of adults or so-called “more knowledgeable others” fosters learning because adults convey their interpretations of the world through their interactions with children. Children are able to learn faster when being taught by an individual, preferably an adult, with a better understanding of the concept. Adults provide physical and cognitive tools for survival. In our story book, Sally Squirrel is cognitively developing by following her mother’s example - she watches her collect the acorns for the winter, listens to her advice, and learns from these experiences. She will eventually be able to survive on her own because of her mother’s nurturing ways. If adults read this book to children, they will be benefitting the children in the process of their cognitive development. When listening to their parents or teacher read and count, the children will be encouraged to imitate the to reading and counting. Eventually, with enough support from the more knowledgeable other, the child may be able to complete the story without assistance. To encourage independent reading, we have made the book’s language just simple enough for children to read it mostly independently, but there are occasional tough words which should help stimulate the child to ask their parent, a more knowledgeable other, for help.