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`Tricia David starts the book off with a commitment to the importance of relationships. "The impact of emotional aspects of a school or nursery situation has long been neglected in the UK, as is amply demonstrated by the list of criteria for judging the quality of teaching drawn from OfSTED critieria". Amen to that" - Times Educational Supplement, Friday Magazine `Teaching Young Children is essential reading for early years teacher trainers and anyone working with young children, birth to 8 years old. It is an excellent companion volume to one of David's other books, Young Children Learning. David's many contributions to the literature in early years education has focused on the ways in which soc
Chapter 2: Young Children and Playful Language
Young Children and Playful Language
In their early years of life young children first encounter language in predominantly playful and highly emotive contexts. Through their relationships with caregivers, siblings and peers in preschool settings, children learn to use language for themselves and indeed very early on they learn to use it subversively. Such subversion takes many forms and includes playing with social conventions in ludic behaviour (Hutt et al. 1989) as well as playing with language conventions (Chukovsky 1963). Their pleasure in nonsense and word play is closely linked to the non-conformist practices of early childhood, through which children experience the emotional charge and power of their own words to overturn the status quo and to explore boundaries. Through deliberately manipulating ...