This one is an easy one, people! 🙂 We know that the more children read, the better readers they become. The more children write, the better writers they become. So, it makes sense that the more children converse and use their language skills orally in our classrooms, the better speakers and communicators they will be, too! I always like to remind teachers in my presentations that I give at conferences that there is GOOD noise and there is bad noise. GOOD noise is the sweet sound of children having meaningful discussions with their peers and with their teachers. As general classroom teachers, let’s not forget that holding rich discussions using the books we are reading in our classrooms not only boosts comprehension, but it boosts our students’ language abilities, too. Don’t be afraid to let your students discuss, share, and exchange ideas. Engaging, rich discussion boosts overall literacy skills. It helps students comprehend, make connections, analyze inferences, and increase questioning skills.
I hope you enjoyed this blog post and feel inspired to embrace those speech and language skills in your own classroom. Don’t forget to drop by Nicole’s blog to read her side of this topic. She shares how she integrates literacy and language into her therapy lessons and small groups.