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One of the most delightful things about working with children aged from 2 to 7 years old is witnessing the development of language skills. The breadth of what we see ranges from the very youngest children taking their first steps in Nursery who can sometimes not yet have any words, to the Year 2 child who is using an extensive vocabulary and converses with ease in different situations, both formal and informal. Somewhere in between these two extremes are the children who have learned many words, can formulate sentences to express their needs and wishes and can describe their experiences, often using quite an advanced vocabulary. They are largely confident in speaking to different audiences but have not yet quite mastered the art of the past tense. A couple of days ago I heard what is perhaps one of the best examples of this from a young child talking to his friend about a picture he had just drawn and which has so far kept me smiling all week, “Did you sawded what I drawded?” I could have corrected the child or modelled the question using the appropriate past tense form but chose to just ‘let it go’ as there really is little so delightfully wonderful as hearing such innocent conversations. His friend knew exactly what he meant and complimented him on his picture accordingly, what more is there to say?

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