Learning Through Imitation

Imitation is one of humankind’s most powerful forms of learning.  From infancy, the ability to learn behavior from observing others is clear; the infant mimics the face of their parents in the first months of life.  Imitation is so powerful because it is a reciprocal form of learning.  By observing and mimicking the behaviors of another person, we form a deeper understanding of the other as well as ourselves.

In the KMS Preschool Atelier, I noticed Cormac (age two) imitating the actions of Beatrix (age four).  The older child was using the paint very specifically, painting small details as she reached up high.  In these photographs, you notice Cormac mimicked her behavior, and in so doing, he created a dialogue with Beatrix at the painting wall.    

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