A Collage of Young Children’s Communication


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Experience and language are the foundation for reading, writing, and spelling in children.

This assignment involved five year old Jamal with whom I received permission to work with from his parents

The assignment included assessment test relevant to Jamal’s progress and development


The assessment involved an analysis on Jamal’s receptive mode capabilities.

Language experiences are important in harnessing reading and listening child qualities

Jamal was able to excel in reading anecdotes designed from his own personal experience


Jamal pronounced correctly words beyond his intellect based on his anecdote

In a child, words fostered from personal experience are easier to pronounce

These experiences are fundamental in fostering children into writers and readers

Adults learning foreign languages also apply to this rule


Productive modes are in connection with listening and reading capabilities

Research suggests that literature aspects are necessary in fostering reading and writing

Jamal’s personal experience involved a fascination with humming birds.


I included a book on humming birds to assess Jamal’s response to literature

Jamal is good at reading for his age but required assistance for the most part

Jamal is creative enough to use demonstrations to prove what he had learned


The next exercise involved dictation and independent writing

Oral dictation is the foundation for independent writing in children.

I engaged Jamal in a spelling exercise to develop his writing skills

Jamal also excelled in punctuation and writing, but with notable difficulty. He was however progressing.


Learning Story Observation Form

My name is Jamal. I am 5 years and months old

Date of Observation 25th June 2012

What does the observation tell me: Birth to three matters ?uFoundation Stage Curriculum ?A Healthy Child-Healthy Choices

Talk to children about the choices they have made and encourage them to find new areas to discover. What happened/has been observed


In all its subtleties, acquiring language is a child’s special province

Through language, children learn more on words and sentence

They also learn thought and strategy structures on words and sentences

Children are considered the best at acquiring meaning to words.


My assessment with Jamal concluded that language aspects require solid foundation on approach practice and principles

Failure to learn these practices and principles leads to discouragement among children

Parental support is also necessary to facilitate development in language aspects


Lack of or inadequate parental support hinders language learning in children

Solid foundation, support, and commitment facilitate excellence in language aspects

Jamal’s parents implement notes as literacy practices in their home.

Notes addressed to Jamal suit him best for his understanding


Carroll, J. B., & Casagrande, J. B. (2005). Language structuring experience. Children and Language, 187-208.

Johnston, J. E. (2002). The effect of the language experience approach on kindergarten children’s vocabulary.

Levine, L. E., & Munsch, J. (2011). Child development: An active learning approach. Thousand Oaks, Calif: SAGE.


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