Monday, 14 March 2016

Communication "Our Day" a hit!

I was so pleased to hear today from a parent of one of our SN children, that they love the "Our Day" communication board. We had the TA for the child create and decorate her own envelope for the communication boards to go in. She was so proud to take it home and show her mum and dad what she did that day. Great to have such positive feedback.

Wednesday, 9 March 2016

Readings from Te Whariki

This week I have been reading the Te Whariki curriculum. Partly to help me plan for my new entrant class and because there is a strand in here related to communication. It is recognised that "language does not consist only of words, sentences and stories: it includes the language of images, art, dance, drama, mathematics, movement, rhythm and music. During the early years children are learning to communicate their experiences in many different ways." And adults need to be able to understand and encourage both verbal and non- verbal communication styles. When I think of the special needs kids we interact with I think it is really important to remember this. At our school the children use a "Core Board" which has visual pictures on to help them show us what they are trying to say. This is a great tool - but perhaps there is a better way for them to doing this. Perhaps putting the core board on an iPad or devise? Each core board is personalized with the children's family members etc but imagine if they had the ability to take their own photos and videos on a regular basis to share with their class. "Language grows and develops in meaningful contexts when children have a need to know and a reason to communicate".

Sunday, 6 March 2016

Last week after visiting Sommerville Special School I decided to personalize one of their wonderful resources to suit the children in our school. This is copy of what I am working on with parents and teacher Aides to help the children communicate about their day. This will definately help parents understand what their is learning and how they feel about the topics they are learning.