Next week it’s all about communication and listening. Here are a few pictures of things we will be doing. See if you can guess what they are and if not sure ask your children and they might be able to tell you.
Here are 5 tips from the Communication trust to help us with our communication with children.
1) Get their attention When children are absorbed in another activity, it can be hard to listen. Say their name first to get their attention and make sure they are listening.
2) Build on what they say Build on what children know and say already, to support them develop language to go to the next level; for example, taking turns with babies, adding words for toddlers, adding phrases for older children.
3)Show them the right wayIf children make mistakes, its best to repeat back what they say rather than tell them it’s wrong. Say it clearly with the right words, so they can hear how things should sound. Children learn from what they see and hear.
4)Give children time Children need time to process what others have said, work out what they are going to say and how they are going to say it. Use facial expression to show you are listening and happy to wait.
5) Make learning language fun Play around with words, make up silly rhymes - children of all ages can enjoy the fun of language. Understanding how words are made up and rhyme helps with learning to read.