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.
Introduction: Talking successfully with children
What is this book about?
This book explores how children learn to communicate using language, how they use language to learn and the role of adults in the process. From the moment they are born, children use a powerful inner force for communicating and a drive to make sense of their environment and the people in it. If adults show the child love, affection and involve him in the right type of early interaction, spoken language emerges that the child can use to communicate ideas. With continued adult support, most children by the age of three-and-a-half have an almost complete set of communication, language and speech skills. This book focuses on how children learn language within the ...