Good evening creative educators. My name is Philippa Okonji, I am a school consultant, facilitator and most of all an Early years practitioner

You’re welcome ma

I am very passionate about doing education right especially in the early years as this form the basis of all future learning.
This evening, I am going to be sharing with all of us on Teaching Communication, Language and Literacy in early years
The learning area is split in two, Communication and language is taught under the prime area while Literacy is under the specific area
We will start with communication and language. This has been divided into three to help make teaching and learning easy. They are
Listening
Understanding and
Speaking
We will start with communication and language. This has been divided into three to help make teaching and learning easy. They are
Listening
Understanding and
Speaking
Some of the activities we can have here are – Circle time, Show and Tell, Story Reading/Telling Rhymes, Songs etc
All this will engage in the children listening to and engaging with others as they talk
From the very earliest age, we should engage the children with our voices so they get used to hearing us talk
Understanding deals with how children use language to clarify their thinking.
They use language to imagine and recreate roles.
They refer to events they have observed or are curious about
They use language to imagine and recreate roles.
They refer to events they have observed or are curious about
Some of the activities that we can use are Roleplaying, Acting, Talking through and sequencing eventa
Speaking is about how children express themselves effectively showing awareness of the listener.
They use the past, present and future forms correctly whilst expressing their thoughts
They develop their own narratives and explanations by connecting ideas and events
From, this we would have noticed that Communication and Language involves us talking to and with the children to help them develop what we call their receptive vocabulary. An early years setting cannot be quiet because there is talk always going on between teacher and pupil, pupils to each other and to the teacher

Okay, so do we have people in the house listening? I would like to share some of your experiences
So let us look at the Literacy aspect. This is taught under the Specific Area of teachingLiteracy development involves encouraging children to read and write, both through listening to others reading, observing them writing and beginning to read and write themselves

Responses
Good evening Ma….. from my experience , children also like to express themselves through pictures,they see a picture and try to explain what is happening in the picture.
The Literacy aspect is also made up of two area of learning –
Reading
Writing
Reading involves individual sounds, blends, words and sentences
Take time to teach the correct sounds. If you are not sure, please ask. Do not teach the wrong thing because it becomes more difficult for children to learn the correct thing later
In the Hand writing class, take children through pre writing skills. Before attempting to teach them to writeWe should teach children the correct pencil grip and movement of the hand to form letters correctly

Responses
Teaching children how to write also start with colouring using crayons etc ,to grip and help scribbled which brings about the easy movement of the hand.
In addition, they make stokes and curves on the sand tray
In the Hand writing class, take children through pre writing skills. Before attempting to teach them to write
We should teach children the correct pencil grip and movement of the hand to form letters correctly
Can please have right directionality for for letters formation because some us always get it wrong when it comes to teaching children how to write letters. Thank you Ma
The other aspect of writing which is Creative Writing ties with the Prime area because the more children are allowed to share their thoughts, the more they can write. You allow the children talk about their experiences then I vite them to write what they have said
During the creative writing exercise, we are not focussing on how well a child can spell. The main focus here is the child being able to put down their thoughts on paper. Most times, the children will write the words phonetically, allow them because insisting that they erase and write the spellings correctly may stem the creative flow
OK, letters should be written with a clean sweep from right to left (if the child is right handed) up to down
What I mean by a clean sweep is that the pencil PR crayon as the case may be should not be lifted until the letter is completely written
OK, I will be rounding up in a few minutes does anyone have questions that we need to deal with before I go?

Responses Good evening house, Mummy thanks for the lesson. Was in church but just went through. Creative writing has been a challenge but just got a different approach to it now

Thank you for listening to me, if you have any questions in any area of Early years, I would be glad to help out as much as I can
Teach them the use of the pincer grip. Holding the pencil at the crown with their thumb, index and middle fingers
Thank you so much Ma for you time. This is learning without “walls” May God reward you labour of love in Jesus Christ name Amen

 

 

Mrs. Philippa Kawunlia Okonji, is a well-seasoned teacher who received her first degree, Bachelor of Science in Primary Education/English from the well-known Lagos State University, Ojo and proceeded to bag a Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) from the esteemed University of Sunderland, UK.
With experience spanning three decades, she has risen through the ranks – from Class Teacher to Head of School in schools that run the Nigerian and British curricula. She attended various training programs that exposed her to different ways of helping children learn.
Some of the training programs she attended are
Effective Interventions for Children with Special Needs
Supporting Children on their Learning Journey, Securing Effective Learning, Planning for Learning and Development
Planning the Curriculum for Interest and Excitement
Literacy Learning and Teaching in the Early Years Classroom
Developing Children’s Thinking Skills through Literacy.
Philippa is passionate about creating a learning environment that fosters excellence both within and outside the classroom. She is a strong believer in the ‘Every Child Matters’ standards – system that ensures every child is given equal opportunities to learn regardless of the learning abilities, environment or socio-economic strata the parents belong to.
She is a practicing Christian, happily married, mother of four and grandmother of five.