Fun with Phonics – workshop 1. Monday 14 th March 2011. Aims for the day. To understand the importance of early language skills. To develop understanding of the potential barriers to speech and language development.
Monday 14th March 2011.
Language is the most powerful tool in the development of any human being. It is undeniably the greatest asset we possess. A good grasp of language is synonymous with a sound ability to think. In other words, language and thought are inseparable.
The following quotations are taken from the “I can talk” series document entitled “The cost to the nation of children’s poor communication” 2006.
“Effective oral language skills are the building blocks on which subsequent literacy and numeracy development is based. Without solid foundations in language and communication skills, children run the risk of school failure, low self-esteem and poor social skills.”
“There appears to be a ‘critical age’ for developing speech and language skills in preventing the development of associated social and academic difficulties……those whose language difficulties were resolved by 5 ½ were more likely to go on to develop good reading and spelling skills.”
Phase 1 is split into 7 aspects
The aspects do not have to be developed in order but a solid development in each will support speech, language and communication development.