Following on from last weeks feedback from a nursery we have received emails asking us how our tools and resources can support nurseries, as up until now they believed that they were stuck.
Here are a few of our suggestions.
Find the resource EAL through storyboards in the library, under English, then choose a language or the languages in your setting. Use this to play finger rhymes Peter and Paul, Humpty Dumpty and Twinkle Twinkle. Support this further by using Terry (Talking Tutor) to say out the words in the child’s first language then repeat in English. Add to this further and develop language by asking one child to be Peter and ask them to hide, when the Rhyme suggests Peter returns and then answers questions about where he has been ( this is great for advanced learners).
Sandbox – Use the sandbox to reinforce words e.g. use Terry (Talking tutor) to speak aloud words such as dig, cover and act it out, then repeat in English.
Game – Where is the Dragon – Ble mae Ddraig? Choose a stuffed toy bear, duck, or in this case a dragon (well I am Welsh) etc. and tell the children they are going to play where is the Dragon. Use Terry (Talking Tutor) to say this in the home language. Place the dragon on, in, under items and then repeat. Less advanced learners will start of by saying on, there (and point to where it is) whereas more advance learners can expand and use their vocabulary by explaining, where it is, naming the item it is on, or under and construct the sentence well.
Or snap see example below.
Use the Interactive whiteboard to learn shape or animal names. Ask the children to hide a bird and items on the board this could be a shape – e.g. behind the square, on top of the circle.
Add bilingual labels around the classroom. Sentences are better than words, remember to use small sentences to ensure they can use the word in context.
Use bilingual colouring sheets to support and embed language acquisition.
Teach rhymes and then translate them and send them home to mum and dad remember that they don’t rhyme in other languages.
Don’t forget songs are always good. Simple songs remind us of learning pattern, words, pitch, tunefulness and happiness. Use Talking Tutor, text tutor or Two Can Talk to translate songs and ask parents to help.
Remember that CVC words do not always translate as CVC words e.g. dog become chien
Finally look in the teachers section for the Early Year sheets for parents.