Today’s story is Monkey Puzzle by Julia Donaldson. It’s a story about a little monkey who can’t find his mum and a butterfly who tries to help him. All sorts of confusion and mayhem unfolds because the monkey hasn’t given the butterfly the key information he needs to be successful. Too often we’re not specific enough when speaking. We say “there!” and point when we should describe what we need to look for. For instance, you wouldn’t give someone directions by saying it was “over there!”, we say take a left at the next T Junction. Using language that describes where or what something is or looks like helps children to pay attention to the finer details. “Your red mittens are next to your scarf.” Understanding positional language and adjectives really supports their language development and ability to follow instructions. When children hear this as part of their everyday language they will confidently use it themselves.
Until next time, do good looking for adventures, clean your ears out for good listening and turn your noggins (brains) on for good learning.
Take care and stay safe,
Mrs Howe, Mrs Bain, Mrs Mitzman, Mrs Hill and Mrs Bence