Children learn to talk through interaction including involvement in many thousands of conversations with adults and other children. These conversations provide the framework for exploring relationships, understanding the world, and learning - in its widest sense. This book explores how children learn to communicate using language, how they use language to learn and the role of adults in the process. It examines how adults can support children to learn by involving them in positive interactions, meaningful conversation and by helping them play, explore and talk with each other. The book includes: examples of children and adults talking and learning together case studies of successful approaches that support language and learning in early years settings points for reflection and practical tasks Informed by the author's own experience working with young children, families and practitioners, and from his involvement in the England-wide Every Child a Talker (ECaT) project, it links key research findings with successful practice to inspire practitioners to develop skills when talking with children, influence how adults plan for talk in settings and gain insight into how language develops in the home.

Talking Effectively With Groups of Children

Talking Effectively With Groups of Children

Talking Effectively With Groups of Children

This chapter will

  • Explore approaches that help children to enjoy talking with an adult and other children (‘Sharing Adults’)
  • Describe ways to plan for adults to be able stay in one place long enough to have conversations
  • Describe approaches that create opportunities for children to focus effectively during group sessions

In Chapter 6, we looked closely at what effective conversations with children in settings might look like. These include conversations where the focus and outcome were promoting children’s language and social development, as well as one that began to involve Sustained Shared Thinking (SST). These outcomes are the product of conversations that take place spontaneously, as part of everyday life, routines, spontaneous play and adult-led activities. The ...

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