Children from birth to 6 are like sponges that absorb everything they are exposed to – their experiences, their environment, the people they are surrounded by, and the language they hear.
As we all know, communicating with the child under 6 can be an art – one that is practiced and developed and tweaked for each individual we encounter. Below are a few handy examples of phrases we use in our classrooms:
“First… and then…” phrases can help in many situations. Some examples:
– First brush your teeth, and then we can read a story
– First put your plate in the bin, and then come join the circle
– First put the toy away, and then you can colour
A few of these key communication tools help the days go smoother for both children and adults alike. As children are learning from us and all their peers, it is key to keep that in mind to strive daily to be positive role models for all children in our classrooms.
How to Talk so Kids Will Listen and Listen So Kids Will Talk by Joanna Faber & Julie King is an excellent resource filled with communication tools for children aged 2 to 7.
Simone Davies, author of The Montessori Toddler and The Montessori Notebook (themontessorinotebook.com) has also put together a very handy chart summarizing many points of the book below.