Sharing Early Literacy Learning Journeys

In my last blog ‘What words work for you?  Shaping children’s behaviours in your early years classroom’ I mentioned that one of my favourite ‘words that work’ is ‘Thanks’… as in… “Close the door. Thanks.” Upon reflection, I thought it may be helpful to explain that I use ‘Thanks’ in this context because I am expecting that the door WILL be closed — it is not a choice, it is not a ‘please’, it is not a ‘can you?’.

I also use ‘Thanks’ to show appreciation and gratitude… as in… ‘Thanks for bringing the green tree frog, Alistair,’ or ‘Thanks for the great idea, Hilary’.

‘Thanks is always positive.

Lastly, ‘Thanks’ to those early years teachers who have kindly taken the time to share their ‘Top 3 Words that work.’

Do you have 3 favourite ‘words that work’ to add to the list before it is compiled and published on Thursday?

Comments on: "What words work for you? Thank you… and a quick reflection" (2)

  1. Laura said:

    Hi Coral-

    After reading this it got me thinking about what words I use frequently when working with my children I work with during speech therapy sessions. I found there are 2 phrases that I seem to use often – that like your “thanks” are positive and used to reinforce a behavior/skill or as encouragement/praise. They are “I like …” and “You did it!”. I use “I like” to say for example, ” I like your good listening” or “I like your good sounds” etc. I use “You did it!” to reinforce or celebrate when a child does a skill correctly that we have been working or if they made or fixed something by themselves or with little help. The child often then excitedly says, “I did it!” too, realizing their accomplishment and that they can do it!

    So “I like your post Coral!” and “I did it!”.

    • Hi Laura,

      Thanks for your ‘words that work’. I’ll add them to the list.

      ‘You did it’ is a great one for children to hear. Working on speech one-on-one with young children probably means you give lots of frequent praise/encouragement…

      Thanks again Laura,

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