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EnglishClub : English language. Small Talk: Conversation Starters. Pre-birth to Three: Observation, Assessment and Planning. LearnEnglish Kids - British Council. Practical tips. By Opal Dunn, educational consultant and author Introduction Young children learn English differently from most adults.

Practical tips

Most have an innate ability to pick up English while taking part in activities, by making sense of what they are doing and picking up the adult’s language that accompanies the activity. You can find out more in the British Council booklet ‘How young children learn English as another language’, also available on the parents pages of the LearnEnglish Kids website. Planned English sessions You can plan regular sessions which will usually take place: at home on regular days for about ten to twenty minutes adjusted to fit your child’s increasing English ability and ability to concentrate as a planned programme that reviews and builds on known activities and introduces new ones. Short English sessions These are more informal and can take place: any place – in the car, at bathtime, in a supermarket queue any time in response to a mood or special experience.

Basic programme Crafts. Key Person & Attachment - Early Years Matters. The Key Person Children thrive from a base of loving and secure relationships.

Key Person & Attachment - Early Years Matters

This is normally provided by a child’s parents but it can also be provided by a key person. A key person is a named member of staff with responsibilities for a small group of children who helps those children in the group feel safe and cared for. The role is an important one and an approach set out in the EYFS which is working successfully in settings and in Reception classes. It involves the key person in responding sensitively to children’s feelings and behaviours and meeting emotional needs by giving reassurance, such as when they are new to a setting or class, and supporting the child’s well-being. Records of development and care are created and shared by the key person, parents and the child. Why Attachment Matters. How Are Happiness and Learning Connected? We've all heard of the fight or flight response.

How Are Happiness and Learning Connected?

We go into survival mode when threatened by something or someone. We either put up our dukes (literally or metaphorically) or take off running (literally or metaphorically). Students often go into survival mode when they feel threatened by an overwhelming cognitive task or confusing text, or when they are called on and don't know the answer, or are confronted or teased by another student (or a teacher!)

Can one even learn in such a setting? It's a question that deserves our full consideration. Takaharu Tezuka: The best kindergarten you’ve ever seen. Learning Time with Timmy apps. Timmy and his friends support your child to play three exciting games that will help them develop their English language skills.

Learning Time with Timmy apps

Your child can learn over 60 new words including numbers, colours, shapes, food, animals and toys. Download Learning Time with Timmy 1 from the Apple, Google Play or Amazon app store. The second app boosts your child’s vocabulary and develops their cognitive skills such as identifying, sorting and concentration. Games like ‘Magic Box’ and ‘Rub-a-Dub’ build on skills covered in the first app, while children learn new skills to identify different objects in the game ‘I-Spy’. As they progress, objects get harder to find, requiring serious focus! Practical tips. Картины из шерсти Elizabeth Armstrong. Page from English in Early Childhood - British Council. Carol Dweck: The power of believing that you can improve.

How can parents and teachers best educate young children? What principles can both teachers and parents bring to the education of very young children?

How can parents and teachers best educate young children?

Gillian Craig, who was part of the Learning Time with Shaun and Timmy writing team, explains. As teachers and parents, we follow certain principles in our roles. Page from English in Early Childhood - British Council. Page from English in Early Childhood - British Council. Password protected padlet. Importance of play for babies & children. Play is more than just fun for babies and children.

Importance of play for babies & children

It’s how they learn best, and how they work out who they are, how the world works and where they fit into it. You can read this article in a selection of languages other than English. The importance of play Playing is one of the most important things you can do with your child, because play is essential for your child’s brain development. The time you spend playing together gives your child lots of different ways and times to learn. Play also helps your child: build confidence feel loved, happy and safe develop social skills, language and communication learn about caring for others and the environment develop physical skills. Your child will love playing with you, but sometimes she might prefer to play by herself and won’t need so much hands-on play from you.

Different types of play Unstructured, free play is the best type of play for young children. This is play that just happens, depending on what takes your child’s interest at the time. ZERO TO THREE.


Apps. LearnEnglish Kids - British Council. Page from English in Early Childhood - British Council.