Evolving into a good communicator begins with being allowed to express oneself. At Educara, we contend that effective communication is about respect, respecting each other’s personality, and respecting each other’s opinions. Further, communication should be reciprocal – When children experience being heard, they will also learn to listen.
Our programs provide effective, safe opportunities and experiences, giving children positively, reinforcing indicators that they are developing communication skills well, and becoming active members of the community.
Effective communication is not limited to, verbal interactions. Body language, gestures, and facial expressions are also part of the many “languages” children use to communicate. As professional caregivers, we recognize this and provide individualized support for children of all abilities to express themselves and be heard.
The Educara classroom is designed in such a way that all activities gear themselves naturally toward the development of the skills required for communication. Language development is supported in the classroom because of the freedom of conversation allowed to the children. In our environment, encouragement of self-expression is fostered through communication between children and their peers and children and adults. The expression is also improved by engaging and cultivating children’s interaction with stories and books in multiple situations and for a variety of purposes. Circle time, reading areas, appropriate materials, music, art, conversation, and many other activities enhance and support communication and expression daily. By keeping a record of children’s communication, we expand their understanding of previously expressed thoughts and ideas.
Throughout the Educara programs, we strive to include families and community members, finding ways to support and enrich the inclusion of varied language and culture. We welcome diversity.