Communication Mana Reo

Communication Mana Reo

28 September 2018

Strand 4 of Te Whāriki is Communication Mana Reo. At Nurtured at Home our Visiting Teachers work with and alongside Educators to consider what this looks like in practice:



Children experience an environment where:

Over time and with guidance and encouragement, children become increasingly capable of:

They develop non-verbal communication skills for a range of purposes

Using gesture and movement to express themselves : he kōrero ā-tinana

They develop verbal communication skills for a range of purposes

Understanding oral language and using it for a range of purposes : he kōrero ā-waha

They experience the stories and symbols of their own and other cultures

Enjoying hearing stories and retelling and creating them : he kōrero paki

Recognising print symbols and concepts and using them with enjoyment, meaning and purpose : he kōrero tuhituhi

Recognising mathematical symbols and concepts and using them with enjoyment, meaning and purpose : he kōrero pāngarau

They discover different ways to be creative and expressive

Expressing their feelings and ideas using a wide range of materials and modes : he kōrero auaha

Languages are the means by which we think and communicate with each other. We typically think of languages as consisting of words, sentences and stories, but there are also languages of sign, mathematics, visual imagery, art, dance, drama, rhythm, music and movement.

One of the major cultural tasks for children in the early years is to develop competence in and understanding of language.

Languages develop in meaningful contexts where children have a need to know and a reason to communicate. Kaiako should encourage the use of both the verbal and non-verbal communication approaches used by each child.

It is important that te reo Māori is valued and used in all ECE settings.

The use of traditional storytelling, arts and legends and of humour, proverbs and metaphoric language can support children from some communities to navigate between familiar and less familiar contexts.