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  • Contents
  • Subject index

‘This book is written in a straightforward, unfussy style directly addressed to the busy classroom. The activities have obviously been tried successfully in real lessons, and the involvement and enjoyment of the children as a result is quite clear.’-Geoff DeanSchool Improvement Advisor Milton Keynes Local Education Authority Packed with ideas and activities, this book is a lively, practical guide to encouraging young children to develop their verbal reasoning skills and communicate more effectively.Activities include:- setting up a talk corner- using story bags and story boxes- using Circle Time and playing games to encourage talkThere is advice on linking the activities to the various curriculum subjects and a selection of photocopiable material is included. All the suggestions and ideas in the book have been tried and tested by the author in her own classroom. The focus is on children aged 5 to 8, but the activities can be adapted to suit younger and older children.Class teachers, Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator (SENCOs), Newly Qualified Teachers (NQT) and Teaching Assistants will find this book supportive, clear and rooted in good practice. Elizabeth Sharp has been a Literacy Co-ordinator and Leading Literacy Teacher (demonstrating lessons for other teachers in her area. She is now a literacy Consultant and freelance illustrator.

Circle Time and Talk Games
Circle time and talk games

This chapter includes:

  • Rules for circle time
  • Some ideas for circle-time activities
  • The effectiveness of puppets
  • Talk games such as ‘Chinese whispers’ and ‘Word tennis’.

Many of the activities in this book require children to work together co-operatively. We all know that in real life this can be a problem and have experienced the child who seems to cause disharmony whichever group they work with. Self-esteem can have a lot to do with how a child behaves and circle time can be a good way of tackling problems of low self-esteem.

I have included a few selected circle-time activities that I felt were successful, some of which helped raise self-esteem and all of which encouraged speaking and listening. ...

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