chapter  5
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Language that Supports Young Children

This chapter uses language to build healthy relationships. It examines the increasing vocabulary and interest in using language. Children in the primary grades are intuitive and responsive. They often glean more information from teacher's manner, tone, and body language than the actual words they say, so keep a neutral tone and facial expression when teachers speak to children so they can focus on teacher's language. Teachers model, extend language and build polite language. This builds the child's social skills, as speaking to another child or adult in a friendly manner is more likely to have a positive result. In the primary grades a silent classroom is not an optimal learning environment; the more a child uses and practices language the better he becomes at speaking. Children's literature uses a richer vocabulary and needs to be read aloud to children many times, so they can get the sound and rhythm of beautiful language in their ears.