What Works For Me 55/365 Helping Them Use Their Words

I read somewhere recently that the learning in an early childhood setting starts when the children arrive in the morning and doesn’t finish until they leave in the afternoon.  An illustration of this concept for me is sandwich day.  The children need to ask for their sandwiches by name rather than touching them because of hygiene etc.  But for little ones that are English Language Learners this is quite difficult.  They are unsure of the words, they have a small audience and there is a bit of time pressure.

To alleviate this problem I’ve taken photos of all the different sandwiches, made them into flash cards and we’ve role-played asking for our sandwiches.  For those children that have no difficulty asking for the sandwiches they want we are working on “please” and “thank-you.”

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