Emily spontaneously decided to introduce the second part of the puppet show to her friends ..”Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, welcome to Ruby and Matisse’s show ! They are doing the puppet show !”
Younger children benefit from having older peers in the environment. They learn from the latter and aspire to be like them. Older children get the chance to be leaders. They gain confidence and a sense of responsibility as they take their younger friends under their wings ! We see this trait even in our 4 year olds who start to care for the 3 year olds in their midst and show them how to roll a mat or tidy up after snack.
It’s really great watching the tuakana-teina relationship that the children at Titoki exhibit. It functions as a mentoring-type relationship, where a child senior in age, position or experience works alongside a junior person in order for the junior to learn. Research shows that peer-tutoring brings benefits to both the tutor and the tutee. The former’s own knowledge is reinforced as he tutors and the latter often learns better from his slightly older peer than an adult.