“Why is this special to you?”
“How do you know when your friends are sad?”
Asking children open-ended questions helps them to think critically and expand their vocabulary. It also builds their confidence, aiding their personal, emotional and social development.
In these Confident Talkers cards, I’ve put together 48 such questions to engage and stimulate conversation with children from two to seven years.
Each card contains a thought-provoking question that can be adapted to any number of situations – inside or out and about, playing quietly, on the go, in the car or at the dinner table. You can use different scenarios and objects to set the scene, such as using something the child has created, describing what their lunch tastes like or discuss how they feel about a special event, such as their birthday or other celebration.
By encouraging conversation children learn new words and concepts, develop active listening skills, learn to problem solve and make connections, and most importantly, become independent learners.
Helping children to expand their vocabulary is a skill set in itself. These helpful questions for educators and parents alike will boost language skills and get children communicating confidently in a range of situations.
Starting meaningful conversations is a challenge for some educators, we know that children’s communication and language is an essential skill for their Early Years and beyond. Confident talkers ~ Conversations in Early Years will support children with their communication and language as well as their personal, social and emotional development.
These cards can also be used to support the use of Early Years Pupil Premium funds as evidence in enhancing children’s communication and language and personal, social and emotional development.
Fink believes that “a good conversation can solve a community’s problems, nurture the next generation and have an impact on society” and their wide range of cards designed to get people talking is doing just that. As founder Lisa Warner says “it’s not rocket science, and it doesn’t have to be complicated or expensive!”
Another incentive, if you needed one, is that 10% of all sales will be donated to the Jermain Defoe Foundation, set up by the Sunderland FC striker to support homeless, vulnerable and abused young people in both his and Laura’s families’ home country of St Lucia.
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Laura Henry is an expert, international award-winning Early Childhood trainer and consultant. She is the founder and CEO of the community interest company for Early Childhood trainers and consultants, NEYTCO; vice-president of Early Education; and national representative for the World Forum in Early Care and Education.
For three decades Laura has used her skills to support those who work directly with children. She is a highly regarded and popular trainer and writer. She is passionate about quality in Early Childhood, making sure that children receive the best possible care and education to help them reach their full potential. Laura regularly contributes to education and parenting publications.
Laura has been on the judging panel for sector awards. She has used her specialist knowledge to work with government departments as well as national and international organisations, forums and working parties.
She has worked within the education, health and social services sectors, performing a wide range of roles such as teacher, education inspector and curriculum manager within a large college.
Laura is the mother of two grown-up sons, which is why she is able to speak from the heart to parents and all those who care for or educate children.
For further information email: Laura@LauraHenryConsultancy.Com