By : Najihah Binti Othman
Shadow? Definition of shadow is a dark or shape produced by a body coming between rays of light and a surface. Children during their childhood era are always curious about shadows and they often try to play with it like stepping on a friend’s shadow, trying to chase any sibling’s shadow, trying to touch mum’s shadow and also trying to run from their own shadow too. It’s very fun and they usually do this sort of activity in the afternoon at the playground. Sometimes, children think of shadow games to play It happens when father gets the candle and put the candle in living room and the glimpse of lights which come from the candle will shape the shadows. According to Anderson (2002) and Russell (1997) in the article of Story-Telling Magic some stories were told for pure entertainment. Others were used to share the history of a group of people, to teach lessons, and transmit cultural values and beliefs. These stories help explain natural phenomena. Still others involved religious beliefs, such as creation, and were an attempt to understand our place in the universe and how the world was made, ‘Don’t we realize that playing with the shadow while during story telling is very good for childhood education? Malaysia has the traditional story telling called as wayang kulit. However, wayang kulit is not very exposed to children of the modern times.
In early childhood education, shadows are not used commonly as props during story-telling session.. It would have been interesting if teachers in kindergarten conduct activity of such sorts during story-telling session. One way of doing this is by using the hand’s shadow to animate a character in that story. Kindergarten teachers are required to have creative skill to create the shadow using their hands. The movement with the shadow can attract the attention of children. Raising Children Network (2016) said that reading stories sparks your child’s imagination, stimulates curiosity and helps with brain development. Interesting illustrations and word patterns such as rhymes can get your child talking about what he’s seeing and thinking, and help him understand the patterns of language.
Story telling with the shadow technique is good to improve the children’s imagination Black characters stimulate thinking skills in children. Apart from that, movement of characters also increase a child’s cognitive skill. Character’s movements is are part of the important element in story-telling. Besides that the shadow technique in story-telling can also develop children’s vocabulary. This happens when the children ask many things about the characters like how the character move, the character’s descriptions, and most importantly is when the children also ask what the character is in the shadow. Kindergarten teachers should give chances to their students to explore and play with shadow during the story telling session. The children can also try to produce some of the shadow they like themselves. It’s not just by using the hand it can also be done by using any parts of the body during the in story telling session.
Students in Kolej Perkembangan Awal Kanak-Kanak have widely applied all the effective techniques to story-telling according to iPlay Nurture via subject taught in class such as Bahasa Melayu and English Communication and Literacy SkillsNowadays, as a teacher it is no longer effective to just sit and read the story-book to children. There are many ways teachers could consider applying when conducting story-telling to children, for example pantomime, acting, simulation character, puppet show, multimedia and finally using the shadow from your body.