How can we help our children become better communicators? In today's world communication skills are crucial to any career path and bring benefits to interpersonal relationships as well. Good communicators and listeners are needed everywhere. Simple steps like initiating dinner time conversations and listening to your child explain a drawing are a good place to start.
How will I know my 2nd grader has met the SC ELA Standards for Communication?
My child can take turns while listening and talking with others.
My child can speak clearly.
My child can express ideas gathered from many sources in a concise way. My child can conduct research both individually and as a group.
My child can explain how ideas and topics are shown in different media and formats.
My child can use techniques of volume, tone, eye contact, facial expressions, and posture when speaking.
My child can create a simple presentation using audio and visual tools to clarify ideas and thoughts.
My child can examine why a speaker makes certain word choices and uses descriptive language.
Activities and Multimedia:
A great way to work on communication skills is the old practice of "show-and-tell". Here are examples from nine different classrooms that show what this practice can do to help children learn communication skills.
This blog post from Half-a-Hundred Acre Wood has detailed descriptions of multiple ways to assist your child in giving a presentation whether that is at school, a homeschool co-op, or some other venue.
Check out the videos below for great tips on learning to be a fabulous communicator:
This fabulous series of show-and-tell videos will help your child get comfortable with giving a show and tell presentation. Enjoy!
These kids will teach you how to start your presentation and do a fabulous job!.
Keep watching for more great tips on presenting in front of a group.
Try these fun and highly effective games to build communication skills.
Visit Richland Library's SC Education Standards page for lots of information and activities to help school-age children meet educational standards in math, science, reading, and more.
Books to Read
The titles below will help you and your student understand and develop good communication skills. Want us to pull books for you? Contact us at 803-799-9084 and request to have books sent to your nearest Richland Library location.