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545264 (Softbound)
978-1-60554-526-4 (Softbound)
Age Focus: 2-5
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Published by Redleaf Press

Fill your classroom with rich conversations

Teachers support cognitive development through meaningful classroom conversations. This updated edition examines adult communication and its influence on children’s behavior and learning. Transform the language you use in the classroom to support language learning, connect words to actions, and develop clear communication practices.

Children look to the adults around them to give words real meaning. Choose Your Words, Second Edition looks at:
  • “Teacher Talk” and how it supports or complicates children’s learning and the world around them.
  • Giving directions and assessing whether we have been successful in our attempts to accomplish these tasks with the young children in our lives.
  • Correcting behavior. What words can we choose to help children connect their words and actions with directives?
  • Appropriate curriculum in language learning for very young children.
  • The importance of plain old talking. Focusing on conversations, discussions, and storytelling. It also briefly discusses the morphing of language into a whole new action as a result of rapid technological change and continual device use by most Americans.
  • Contemporary challenges that make all of these tasks pose such difficult questions and such exciting opportunities.

168 pages

About Carol Garhart Mooney

Carol Garhart Mooney has been an early childhood educator for more than forty years. She is the author of Theories of Childhood: An Introduction to Dewey, Montessori, Erikson, Piaget, and Vygotsky; more..