At Fullbrook we focus heavily on children learning to communicate and developing a board, rich vocabulary.
Children with good language become adults who are more likely to…
- Achieve well in exams and succeed in education,
- Progress onto college and university,
- Have good mental health,
- Positive behaviour and empathy for others
- Be social and confident
At Fullbrook, the adults all follow three simple principles, that you can do this at home too;
Be a language magnet
- Find a quiet space to talk, at opportunities throughout the day,
- Limit distractions, such as an iPad of TV
- Get down at their level
- Make eye contact
- Hold their attention
Be a language radiator
- Use a range of vocabulary
- Explain new words
- Label objects
- Make words meaningful – how do they relate to your child’s world
- Use sentences rather than single words or short phrases
Be a conversation partner
- Take repeated turns in conversation
- Aim for at least for 5 turns
- Talk about the world around them, books, TV, anything and everything!
For children our bilingual children
For our children where English is an additional language it is important that they learn to speak her home language in a rich and fluid way. If you speak another language at home, ensure that you do this lots in order for your child to be able to learn their home language proficiently. Give clear instructions, name objects and explain their purpose, sing songs and tell stories. Often it is best if English is just taught at Nursery.
Children cannot learn language or how to communicate from the television or an Ipad/smart phone. Lots of research has shown that this technology use has a negative impact on children’s talking and social skills.
We will be holding a parent workshop during the Autumn to share ideas on supporting your child’s communication development.