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Expressing Words: Literacy and Communication in Pre-Primary Red

In Pre-Primary we are learning to communicate clearly and with the love of Jesus.

Although we are always developing our literacy skills – reading, writing and speaking – in Pre-Primary we are also practicing other ways of expressing, thinking, imagining and reasoning.

Some of us currently have a small vocabulary, but we are excellent at communicating through pictures or dance!

Some of us can write detailed and lengthy stories while others of us prefer to sing, build, or sculpt.

Many of us are excellent news reporters, but are still learning to listen to the experiences, opinions and ideas of others.

And still others are becoming quick to compliment and encourage when they see a friend needing a kind word.

Loris Malaguzzi, founder of the Reggio Emilia Approach, claims that children have many different ways to express and communicate. This idea is reflected in the following poem:

The Bible has much to say about the power of the tongue. The words we express and the ideas we communicate can bring life or death; joy or sadness; sunshine or clouds. In Pre-Primary we believe that everything we create, everything we do, can also communicate such messages. As a teacher at Rehoboth Christian College, it is my joy to lead children in discerning what is true, noble, right, pure, lovely, and admirable… and to use the hundred languages to express such things.

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