Fostering Communication and Expression in All Forms
How Does Learning Happen? Ontario's Pedagogy for the Early Years
Expression or communication (to be heard, as well as to listen) may take many different forms. Through their bodies, words, and use of materials, children develop capacities for increasingly complex communication. Opportunities to explore materials support creativity, problem solving, and mathematical behaviours. Language-rich environments support growing communication skills, which are foundational for literacy. (How Does Learning Happen?, pg. 8)
"Connecting vs. Directing"
Opportunities to Explore Language & Literacy
After Hours "Hanen: Learning Language and Loving It"
Each chapter of "How Does Learning Happen?" ends with questions to support critical reflection - the questions about "expression" are on page 45. Think about these questions...
Considering that children have “100 languages”, how many ways are there for children to express themselves in your program?
How can you make sure that every child, regardless of his or her communication abilities, is heard?
At the end of each day, ask yourself, “How much time did I spend connecting (direct and meaningful interactions)? Directing (telling children what to do)? Correcting (telling children what not to do)?” What is your C:D:C ratio?