Tuesday, September 27, 2011
Language of a Child
Language is so interesting when it deals with children. Many parents can start to understand what children want even just by certain sounds and inflections that infants make. I personally work at a daycare and there are so many children there that I communicate with on a daily basis. When we take the children somewhere else and others try to communicate with them, the adults often need me to interpret what the child is trying to say. I thought that Chapter 1 did a great job of displaying what children think language is in Figure 1.1. This figure talked about simple words that children say and how they can convey a certain whole meaning. As teachers it is really important to get to know all the children in your class on a deeper level. Many, if not all, of these children have the language they do based off what they have heard from home. When we know about their home lives, we will better understand what a child may be referring to. For instance, Nora may say, "Doggie" and mean the dog she sees near the playground; whereas Tyler may say, "Sammy" and also mean dog because he knows of a dog named Sammy. I found these chapters to be very helpful in thinking about the language of a child and how they can mean so much by just saying one word or small phrase.