Teaching and Learning in Schools Essay

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Teaching and Learning in Schools P1 The age range I have chosen is 3 – 7 years, and I have chosen communication as the main area of development for this age range. The main stages of communication development are verbal communication, where children of this age range start to use their language skills much more effectively; non verbal communication such as eye contact, facial expressions, body language, gestures, sign language and tone of voice. These too are often effective ways for younger children to communicate; proximity is especially important when considering communication with younger children, by getting down to the level of the child they are more likely to listen and do what they are told. P2 There are several factors I have identified that can affect the communication development of a child aged 3 – 7 years, i.e. children with impairments such as sight, speech and hearing may find it harder to communicate with others. Children with ASD have difficulty in relating to other people, they do not understand the thoughts, feelings and needs of others. In addition, they are usually unable to express their own thoughts, feelings affectively to others. This presents difficulties in acquiring communication skills and being able to understand the social world” (Kamen (2008, p263) A child’s home life can contribute to a child’s breakdown in communication if the child suffers from abuse or the family unit has broken down. The religious and cultural back ground of a child can have significant affect on a child’s verbal communication. P3 The importance of communication within the age range 3 – 7 years is that the child needs to be able to make sense of what is being communicated to them; this in turn encourages a child to use their own thoughts and develop ideas intellectually. Within this age range I have observed that children like to share tasks with
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