Children’s Words, Part 2

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Here is the second part of the wonderful teacher’s , Jennie, post on children and words!

A Teacher's Reflections

In Part 1, I talked about writing thank you letters to the people in our neighborhood, our community helpers.  As a group, we planned the words, and children decorated the letters. This was fun!  They felt excited and proud. They knew the importance of words, their words.  They also knew the importance of saying thank you.

Part 2
It is one thing to come up with words in a group.  It is another thing to tell your own words, your own story.  No one is there to help you.  Children wrote stories about their own neighborhoods.  Imagine being three and four years old, and your teacher says,

“Tell me about your neighborhood.  Tell me your story.”

This isn’t answering a “W” question (who, what, when, where, why) which has a place to start.  That takes words, but you have a directive to build upon.  This is the deep end, not…

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