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1 How to support your child’s speaking and listening skills

2 Why is speaking and listening so important?
Children learn to talk by listening Communication is a life long skill An essential communication skill

3 What does good listening look like?
Eye contact! Your child will watch your mouth movements and facial expressions, picking up clues to help them.

4 Listening development
Begins before birth: sounds from the womb, then from birth: listening and turning to familiar voices Recognising common environmental sounds and looking in the direction of the sound Distinguishing between similar sounds Hearing rhyme, rhythm and pattern in language: the importance of regular story time and singing rhymes ALL listening is important, not just to conversations, but stories, poems, rhymes, songs and music

5 Listening activities Sound lotto Singing Poems and rhymes Music- listening to songs and using instruments Simon says Instructions- board games ‘Grandma went shopping….’ ‘Who am I?’

6 Speaking activities Naming objects and sorting/classifying them Using prepositions Using the language of size Singing and reciting familiar stories and rhymes Action rhymes- naming body parts as you complete the actions Encouraging your child to join in with repeats during stories

7 Listening activities Useful websites:
years/speaking-and-listening earlyyears/soundgames/soundgames.htm

8 Speech development Begins with babbling at home- finding their voice and realising how powerful it can be! Naming objects and possibly pointing too Phrases: “Me wee wee”- children are starting to put words together Sentences: “I went to the beach”- children are beginning to use the correct language in order Extended sentences: “I went to the beach with Mummy and made sandcastles”- children are communicating more and related to the same theme Widening their vocabulary: practising using more words and the new ones they hear

9 The power of YOU! WE are the people who your children listen to regularly and therefore they are learning language from US all the time! Children repeat what we model so expose them to new words: don’t talk down to your child- they can do it!

10 Speaking activities All of the listening games promote speech but you must encourage you child to talk and practise using the language they acquire. Busy families must allow their child time to talk…and we must listen! Don’t repeat a mistake- “No, not ‘goed’ to the park” but model the correction “Yes, we went to the park” Children need time to practise to improve.

11 Phonics Phonics is simply the study of the sounds that individual letters and groups of letters make Through the understanding of phonics children can sound out words Children will be given a limited number of books to read independently at this stage Our system relies heavily on the ‘Jolly Phonics’ approach (See Jolly Phonics leaflet) At this stage games are used to promote phonological awareness and daily letters and sounds teaching

12 Using Phonics cat stuck goat

13 Communication and Language
There are 3 areas that we focus on in the Early Years. Those being; Listening and Attention Speaking Understanding

14 Listening and Attention
Children listen attentively in a range of situations. They listen to stories, accurately anticipating key events and respond to what they hear with relevant comments, questions or actions. They give their attention to what others say and respond appropriately, while engaged in another activity.

15 Speaking Children express themselves effectively, showing awareness of listeners' needs. They use past, present and future forms accurately when talking about events that have happened or are to happen in the future. They develop their own narratives and explanations by connecting ideas or events.

16 Understanding By the end of Reception the children should be able to…
Children follow instructions involving several ideas or actions. They answer 'how' and 'why' questions about their experiences and in response to stories or events.

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