Talking and listening with tamariki aged 3-6 years
Talking and listening skills usually develop naturally as tamariki grow. All tamariki benefit from talking and listening with adults and older children. Some children may require extra help and encouragement.
This guide for parents and kaiako encourages whānau and kaiako to spend time with tamariki to develop their oral language skills during the early years. It aims to build confidence and understanding of the world around them through oral language. Whānau and kaiako play a big role in helping children develop these skills by using words to describe, explain, question, understand, and share ideas.
Te ako ki te whakarongo me te kōrero
Learning to listen and talk. A guide for parents and kaiako
Explore further practical ideas and activities for kaiako and whānau to support tamariki.
Te kōrerorero: Hei kōrerorero ki te kāinga (Talking together: Learning in the home)
Te kōrerorero: Hei kōrerorero ki te kāinga | Talking together: Learning in the home from Te Whāriki online includes five videos in te reo Māori and English with strategies for encouraging talking and listening.
Early childhood curriculum and home learning resources
Plunket | Whānau Āwhina - Child development Communication from newborn to school-aged
Plunket | Whānau Āwhina website includes useful information about how communication develops over time, and how children move through different stages as they learn to communicate.
Resources for early years kaiako
Ngā huarahi reorua, reohuhua | Understanding bilingual and multilingual language pathways.
Benefits, steps, and strategies for speakers of more than one language.