It is said that when talking to a person the information that we receive can be broken down as:

  • 10% from what the person actually says
  • 40% from the tone and speed of voice
  • 50% is from their body language.

Have you ever had a child hold your head in their hands as they talk with you?  It is certainly a strategy I have observed that communicates:  I’m interested. I’m available to listen. You can slow down, I’m here. What have you observed about the ways in which children communicate?

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When we know better – WE DO BETTER. – Maya Angelou

Young children learn new vocabulary at light speed! The learning is dependent on the range of words they are exposed to.  How do teachers facilitate building vocabulary with very young children? A number of strategies can be employed.  We know that conversation rich environments are vital to cognitive development.  We know that asking good questions can lead to deeper learning.  We know that young children listen to adults for clues to pronunciation, tone, and usage.  Now we know better so we can do better!