Phonological understanding of children is based on the quality of the oral language interactions of children and their engagement in talk accompanied print.
We've got no idea how capable their brain is, we need to have high expectations and keep believing. We have to see an unsung potential here and we need to see what that is! Every child has potential - Jannie Van Hees
If you just listen to a story, you won't get as much out of as if you stopped and talked about it e.g. text accompanied print.
Instead of saying "listen" say "Victoria is talking, let's focus and notice so that we can respond". Paraphrase what Victoria says and invite more dialogue from students.
- Be intentional in choosing books
- Develop a list of high-quality stories for Book talk
- Can books be organized into themes?
- It's never too early to read to a child
- The quality and quantity of language counts
- Put the time and effort in if you want outcomes
- Reading to children is a skill, use it as an opportunity to have a conversation
- Read for enjoyment!
- You don't have to DO a book, experience a book!
- Small group sizes are optimal
- Children's knowledge is gained through language, and in particular
- Choose word groups rather than single words (the more we bring it to the foreground, the more children will)
- Teach children to hunt for 'word groups'
- Children thrive when they are taken to new learning
- How do we lead children to new knowledge?
- Play-based learning - how can we ensure deliberate acts of teaching and learning and provide new learning opportunities for ALL children.
- Explore possibilities to develop a stronger relationship with local early childhood centres e.g. cross-collaboration between school/early childhood education centre.
- What might whānau workshops look like at Wymondley in relation to oral language?
- Identify Goals for 2019! with dates and plan of action.
- Ensure everyone is on board with this!
- Diary dates in with all of the key stakeholders, this year for next year.
- Analyse books and look for opportunities to bring to the fore vocabulary and concepts for students.