Non verbal communication usually forms the most significant part of communication across all beings. It is therefore no surprise that long before a child begins to speak by giving his expression a medium of language, he’s already communicating with the world around him. From a very young age, a baby knows that a cry will draw a parent’s attention and that holding out his arms means “hold me up”.
And long before a child learns to read and write, he has already embarked on the path to literacy. Playing with a book, pointing to a sign or scribbling on a piece of paper – all of these are signs of emergent literacy. Empowering children with the tools of language learning is hence important for their optimum growth. GIIS Chinchwad held a workshop on Early Language Learning for parents and teachers. Reflecting on the little nuances of language development, phonic sounds, vocabulary enhancement and correct pronunciation, the workshop proved to be extremely beneficial in understanding the milestones of language development in children.
The workshop was conducted by Ms Shilpa Solanki, Freelance Education Consultant, Trainer and Facilitator. With a career spanning a decade, Ms Solanki has rich expertise in this domain and has been the Founder Principal of The Orchid School, Baner.
The objectives of this workshop attended by teachers, educators and parents were to enroll parents in their child’s learning at school, to help them know more about language learning and development at the age and stage of their child, to gain insights of key components of language and how language can be learned, to provide hands-on ideas to parents and to take home so as to engage in meaningful learning activities at home.
Ms Solanki laid emphasis on the below mentioned areas of focus:
- Understanding Language learning
- Brief on key components of Language namely Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing (LSRW)
- ‘Meaning’ of language at the core and its importance
- LSRW activities to take home
- Understanding various ‘Reading Models’
- A little about ‘Action Phonics’ and ‘Whole Word Method’
- Books and Stories
- Attempting to ‘Write’
- Parent Role
The parents were very happy with the workshop held by the school. “We are quite happy with the school taking these extra initiatives to hold sessions for young parents on developmental stages of our children. With both me and my wife working and our hectic schedules we hardly get any time to introspect on these verticals. The workshop was indeed informative”, said Mr Dheeraj Vaid, Parent.