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IEL Tip Sheet

Title: Encouraging Child-to-Child Conversation
Languages: English
Spanish Version: Cómo alentar la conversación entre niños
Polish Version: Zachęcamy dzieci do wspólnej rozmowy
Chinese Version: 鼓励孩子与孩子间的交谈
Korean Version: 유아들이 서로 대화하도록 격려하기
Source of Publisher: Illinois Early Learning Project
Length of article: Short
Setting for which the article is intended: Family Child Care
Child Care Center
Preschool Program
Intended Audience: Parents/Family
Keywords: Language Arts
Language Development
Peer Relationships
Age Levels:
(the age of the children to whom the article applies).
Preschoolers (Age 3 Through Age 5)
Learning Areas: LANGUAGE ARTS
Goals: 1. Demonstrate increasing competence in oral communication (listening and speaking).
31. Use social-awareness and interpersonal skills to establish and maintain positive relationships.
Learning Standards: 1.A. Demonstrate understanding through age-appropriate responses.
1.B. Communicate effectively using language appropriate to the situation and audience.
1.D. Speak using conventions of Standard English.
31.A. Develop positive relationships with peers and adults.
31.B. Use communication and social skills to interact effectively with others.
Benchmarks: 1.A.ECa. Follow simple one-, two- and three-step directions.
1.A.ECb. Respond appropriately to questions from others.
1.A.ECc. Provide comments relevant to the context.
1.B.ECa. Use language for a variety of purposes.
1.B.ECb. With teacher assistance, participate in collaborative conversations with diverse partners (e.g., peers and adults in both small and large groups) about age-appropriate topics and texts.
1.B.ECc. Continue a conversation through two or more exchanges.
1.B.ECd. Engage in agreed-upon rules for discussions (e.g., listening, making eye contact, taking turns speaking).
1.D.ECa. With teacher assistance, use complete sentences in speaking with peers and adults in individual and group situations.
1.D.ECb. Speak using age-appropriate conventions of Standard English grammar and usage.
31.A.ECa. Show empathy, sympathy, and caring for others.
31.A.ECb. Recognize the feelings and perspectives of others.
31.A.ECc. Interact easily with familiar adults.
31.A.ECe. Develop positive relationships with peers.
31.B.ECa. Interact verbally and nonverbally with other children.