There's been a bit of media attention about early language over the last couple of weeks, which is good to see. The evidence is clear – talking is vital for infants wellbeing. The quality and quality of interaction and talk that babies experience grows and shapes their bra...
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I promised a second blog to share what I learnt in San Francisco and outline how we might use these insights. In my previous post I talked about 'getting clear' in what we want to achieve. That provocation has sat with me every day since my return. What is Talking Matters t...
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Getting clear in fog city

April 13, 2017
I have just returned from a 10 day trip to San Francisco, presenting at the prestigious Carnegie Foundation Summit on Improvement in Education. Educators from around the world were impressed with the innovative approaches people in Aotearoa are taking to improve children'...
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The March Talking Matters network meeting was particularly powerful because it focused on the intersection of culture and talk. Rae Si'ilata spoke about Wantok Talanoa. We can develop fluency by utilising current practices such as: text memorisation, story telling, taulot...
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In February 2017, we began working alongside 10 tertiary tutors who teach more than 120 adults in a family literacy programme Whānau Ara Mua, a Certificate in Intergenerational Learning - through the Solomon Group. One of our key partners Dr Jannie van Hees and Emma Qui...
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Measuring talk at home

March 15, 2017
Very small children develop their early language at home. In order to find out more about talking to children at home, project manager Emma Quigan has been working with a small group of parents and pre-schoolers. The group has been exploring what kinds of tools and ideas are...
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Akaaka Kōrero

March 8, 2017
Talking Matters' first community project started in February, with 13 community organisations that connect with families in Māngere-Ōtāhuhu. The collaborative has called itself Akaaka Kōrero. Akaaka represents the root or vine of early language that the collaborative is ...
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Alison Sutton is the Director of Talking Matters. Alison describes the journey that led her to start a campaign aimed at encouraging talking more and talking different with small children. For 30 years I have been working in adult literacy, seeing a pipeline of people with...
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Tāmaki Toddlers Day out

February 14, 2017
Back in early December, we took Talking Matters to the Tāmaki Toddlers' Day Out. We spoke informally with parents about the importance of talk, and how it builds babies' brains. We shared how singing and chatting to babies spurs on their brain development. We ran an inform...
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Talk over summer

January 30, 2017
The top take away ideas from the November network meeting were about finding ways to promote talking and reading over summer. David Tucker from Pt. Chevalier Library shared the idea of an empty box to prompt storytelling and drawing. It is an interactive way to tell a story...
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