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Teach EYFS Article - Distractions

Nikky

Here is the second in this series of articles based on conversations with children, and first published in Teach Early Years magazine. In each piece, I’ll focus on one prominent theme. For this one, it’s DISTRACTIONS!

My thanks to editor Jacob Stow for allowing reproduction, and if you want to know more, details of this and their other magazines and resources are available at: https://www.teachwire.net


  • • What lesson would you like grown-ups to learn about how to talk to children?
  • “Not to get lost in looking at their phones and then five minutes later say, ‘What?’"         G (female)

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Teach EYFS Article - Polite

Nikky

As part of the How to Speak Child project, I have been collecting interviews with children regarding how adults communicate with them. In each of a series of articles I'm writing for Teach Early Years magazine, I’m focussing on one prominent theme. This article deals with being polite.

My thanks to editor Jacob Stow for allowing reproduction, and if you want to know more, details of this and their other magazines and resources are available at: https://www.teachwire.net


• How do you like a grown-up to be when they speak to you?

. If they talk to me, I like them to be a bit interesting and a bit nice. That’s how I like it. Polite and kind.             L (male)

By far and away the most recurring request from all the children who have answered my questionnaire is for adults to be ‘polite’ and ‘nice’. Those two words out number all others, with ‘kind’ coming in a close third. The rest are way behind.

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Great Expectations

Nikky

Last week I wrote about ‘praise’ - this week, I’d like to deal with it’s cousin ‘expectation’.


That voice that comes from inside us, telling us not to even bother trying, because we’re just no good at it; telling us we are and always have been hopeless at maths, spelling, art or whatever  - that voice came from somewhere.

I bet that if you relate to that, you also know where and when that voice started for you. You know which teacher told you you couldn’t draw, which test you failed or what event exposed your weakness.

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I Have to Praise You Like I Should

Nikky

Do you think you received enough praise as a child? Or maybe you received too much? Do you think you praise your children enough? Or too much? Do you see any connection between your own experience regarding praise as a child and how you behave now as an adult? 

I read a great many articles concerning our communications with children, and it’s surprising how at any given time, a common theme will rise to the surface. Recently that theme seems to have been praise.

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Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious!

Nikky

Last week I spoke about how children are often willing and able to embrace complex vocabulary, and I’d like to expound on that here.

Never be afraid to use a long word with a young child. Children love playing with language and long, complicated words can be fabulously alluring. 

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