Learning Through Talk in the Early Years :Practical Activities for the Classroom
'The book is easy to read. It provide[s] a practical guide to some tried-and-tested speaking and listening activities which may be useful for the beginning Foundation or Key Stage One teacher' - Special!. Lots of ideas and suggestions for activities using and encouraging talk in the classroom make this book a lively, practical guide to encouraging young children to develop their verbal reasoning skills and to communicate more effectively. There is advice on how to tie in these activities with the various curriculum subjects and the following are covered: o setting up a talk corner. o using story bags and story boxes. o using circle time and playing games to encourage talk. In each activity there are directions for helping children with special educational needs, working with teaching assistants and other adults in the classroom, planning and assessing work and finding suitable resources. A selection of photocopiable material is included and all the suggestions and ideas in the book have been tried and tested by the author in her own classroom. The focus of this book is on young children aged five to eight years, but the activities can be adapted to suit those younger or older.