Learning language using Tākai resources
Tākai resources you can use with whānau to explore language learning with their child.
In the Whakatipu booklet Te Pihinga 3 on page 23, ‘Talking and listening’ remind us:
- that children of this age understand much more than they can say
- to get down to their level and speak face to face, using clear language
- to share waiata, stories and pukapuka every day.
Here are other helpful places in Te Pihinga 3 to explore with whānau:
- Page 4 — ‘Pēpi says: I’m starting to understand and respond to more kupu.’
- Page 9 — ‘Waiata kōhungahunga: Pēpi loves to hear the same familiar songs over and over…’
- Page 15 — ‘Pēpi says: I’m amazed at what my tongue can do. I like to practise all the different sounds.’
- Page 16 — ‘Pēpi says: I love my waiata…’
- Page 18 — 'Whānau say: We are giving pēpi a world rich in language every day by describing, responding, confirming, adding and modelling — “bathe him in te reo”.’
- Page 19 — ‘Kaitiaki pēpi: Ngā mahi a rehia is…the art of story-telling, singing, dancing and kapa haka.’
Dealing with toddler impatience
The World of Under-fives booklet (pages 8-9) reminds parents that toddlers ‘want things here and now’, and suggests:
- ‘try to tell them about things in advance. “When I’ve finished hanging out the washing we will…”’
- ‘praise behaviour you do like, and ignore behaviour you don’t’
- ‘try to say what you do want them to do – and why’.
‘Say more positive things than negative things. Kia kaha!’
Ask toddlers nicely
When whānau ask toddlers to do something, remember to:
- say what you want them to do
- give reasons why
- notice, praise and thank them.
In the Aroha in Action booklet, ‘Respect mokopuna space’ (page 19), it reminds whānau, ‘It’s OK for mokopuna to say no to unwanted physical contact.’
- How do these ideas match your child’s behaviour at the moment with regards to their understanding language?
- What changes have you noticed?
- Why do you think that’s happening?
- How do they respond to you when you sing or tell stories?
- What sort of new sounds are they trying to make?
- How has this affected you and your whānau?
- What times with your child have been exciting, fun or made you celebrate?
- Have you had challenges with your child?
- What would you like to talk about?
- What more would you like to find out about?