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This really is a book about talking and learning with young children. A refreshing awareness of early learning and language as a partnership between young children and adults permeates the text.
Every chapter is shaped by conversations and exploratory talk and the key message for all practitioners is that such detailed conversations and opportunities for Sustained Shared Thinking (SST) can take place in busy early years settings.
It is all a matter of priorities!
The author’s wide experience of working with young children and his fascination with their development shines brightly throughout this book. Michael brings together research findings, theoretical understanding, and authentic examples of practice to provide a treasury of information about how adults can best support young children’s communication using language. The many practical examples make clear how to recognise the potential in everyday events to develop detailed conversations with children.
This book is a fantastic read, I have learned a lot both as a parent and also towards my professional knowledge as a 0-3 Learning and Development Officer for a Local Authority. I particularly like the way Michael includes points to reflect on and practical tasks as they enable you to really understand the theory he has written about/advice he has given and experience it for yourself. The extracts of conversations also bring the theory to life too.
This book is fantastic for students of Speech and Language Therapy, early years practitioners and anyone involved with young children, or indeed anyone who is fascinated by the way we learn to interact with our world using language. It’s probably the best summary of the theories behind how and why children communicate that I’ve come across. There are useful points for reflection and discussion to embed and personalise the reading for those who wish to explore the ideas further.
From the very start, Talking and Learning with Young Children has a positive message: ‘It is fun to talk, for the sake of talking’ and has a focus on joint learning between adults and children, rather than adults hijacking the conversation...
Bigger questions such as how children acquire grammatical knowledge and understanding are timely given the current DfE end of KS2 Spelling and Grammar testing regime...In it’s entirety, the book would be an excellent resource for any higher level student looking to further their own knowledge and understanding of how children learn to use language effectively.This would be a very useful addition to any professional library.
The book is well structured and reveals the increasing complexity of child language learning and interaction, and each chapter offers points for reflection and practical exercises. I would recommend this book to parents who have an in-depth interest, managers of early years’ settings and nursery, kindergarten and reception class teachers.
I think this book is great, especially as it gives out such positive messages about talking and encompasses children from all sorts of backgrounds. I am planning to order some copies for the library and am thinking about how to incorporate it into our teaching.
This easy to read book, aimed at early years practitioners, is clearly structured and links theory to practice well. After each discussion, which includes records of conversations with individual children and groups of children, there are practical tasks for the reader to carry out, as well as opportunities to reflect on the topic of the chapter.
This is a terrific book! The essential role adults play in settings is highlighted, as is the need to create plentiful opportunities for sustained shared thinking - with some humorous and quirky case studies that are a pure joy to read. The practical tips for developing talk in early years settings are also very helpful.
This is an excellent text, but it doesn't cover the full scope of communication development across the lifespan as required in my subject. Students have been directed to specific sections of this text for additional reading when doing units on young children.
This is a book which gives guidance on talking and learning with young children. for early years practitioners it gives some valuable insights into how to have conversations and develop exploratory talk to enhance learning.
There are good overviews of theory and the role of the adult in guiding the learning.
The case studies are particularly useful for those already working with children.
A brilliant book providing the basis for the importance of talk and how this can be developed to be meaningful and effective enhancing learning and life skills.
This book offers an excellent resource for those with an interest in/or studying the development of early language. The examples of practice and the theoretical underpinning will help students to realise and understand the value of taking and learning with young children.
A contemporary text written with great clarity, I found this engaging and interesting, Michael Jones tells you what he's going to explain and then does just that. Excellent, a great source of knowledge.
This is a very clear and easy to read book yet the topics are addressed comprehensively. Particularly good was the debate about the use of 'Standard English' whilst acknowledging and respecting the language used in a child's home.
This is essential reading for Year One students just beginning their training as either Early years practitioners or primary teachers. The book provides good insight into the development of talk and how talk can be encouraged to be meaningful and effective.