Last week’s #childcarehour was all about supporting Language Development in children.
It was a brilliant chat with so many great points and discussion! Please click on the image below for a link to the ‘Storify’ where you may read all of the tweets.
Some of the points that were raised:
- Language development covers making sounds (which eventually develop into words), listening, looking and mark making.
- PLAY and following the children’s interests are the best way to develop these skills (as with all skills!)
- Questioning can be very effective, but it needs to be used carefully so that it is not false and doesn’t take away from real, genuine interactions.
- We all love stories!!
- Singing and music can help to develop rhythm, rhyme, intonation etc
- Reading or singing together can also build those all important bonds with the children.
- It’s vital to provide activities and environments that are stimulating and engaging.
- And we all felt that children do not need to be formally ‘taught’ letter formation and writing (at the early years stage) – rather, we should be providing opportunities for the children to explore and develop the underlying skills of fine motor and co-ordination.
Do you have any comments/ ideas that you’d like to share? Join the discussion using the hashtag #childcarehour!
P.S. I wrote a post on my University blog about how one might use a picture book in the classroom. If you are interested, please take a look HERE.