Developing Language Skills in Early Years PYP
The IB-PYP recognizes that when a child first comes to school they bring with them experiences, language knowledge, and meaning-making strategies that they have developed at home. Once at school, it is the role of the educator to create supportive and collaborative environments where they can explore, examine, question, predict, share, investigate, and reflect. While doing all of these things, the early learner is using language in a sustained and deliberate way.
Children at SBS Kindergarten develop oral language and symbolic expression as they engage in playful experiences. They share their personal experiences and understandings through shared stories and collaborative exploration. Young children are naturally curious about the world and, by interacting with different kinds of materials, they develop the language needed to share their understandings of the properties of the physical world. All the while, teachers model language around these play activities by using talk-alouds and visible thinking routines.
Songs and rhymes play a big role in developing language skills in the early years. They support the development of vocabulary, phonemic awareness, and memory. When accompanied with fun actions and funny voices, children are engaged in language learning, and using language in playful ways.