Kita St. Georg Mellendorf Children’s Language Development

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Wedemäker Kita St. Georg reorganizes language support

Mellendorf.Ered Wittmaier’s joy is palpable: The teacher at St. George’s Day Care Center in Millendorf presents the new storytelling workshop, now set up in a separate room in the facility on Krausen Street. There are two cozy kid-sized chairs and a comfortable sofa, there is a thick and soft rug on the floor, and the view passes through the large windows into the garden. Above all, there is a low shelf with realistic children’s stories and books on the wall. On top of it are six green backpacks for children, the “backpack library”.

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Keita has adapted the primary school program for young children

“We often experience that children simply lack the words to adequately express what they want to say,” Ered Wittmaier says. To counter this, the evangelical day care center has revised its language support concept in recent months, adopting the “Fit in Deutsch” primary school program and adapting it to the needs of younger children. Children from Germany and from families with immigrant backgrounds are taken into consideration equally: “In both groups we feel that the children lack words,” says Wittmaier.

Through a storytelling workshop, the day care center has created a space where children will find a calm atmosphere. They can be alone or four at most, sit there, look at picture books and talk about the stories they discover. The number of children in the room is very limited: everyone leaves their shoes at the door – and when there are four pairs, everyone knows they have to wait.

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With a new story-telling workshop: The daycare in Krausenstraße is working to boost children’s language skills.

Speech therapists and occupational therapists can help in time

For the first time this year, St. George’s Nursery Center implemented a procedure to determine the language level of children who go to school this year and next. Can the child understand what is being said or read aloud? Can he master everyday situations linguistically? Can they ask clear questions and get help when needed? This assessment is usually done about 16 months before a child starts school: This leaves enough time to organize help from a speech therapist or occupational therapist before enrolling, Wittmaier explains. Of course, all decisions are made by parents, but a daycare center can provide the motivation to do so.

“We are teachers, not therapists,” says Ered Wittmaier, who takes care of language support with colleague Manuela Menzel. She gets comfortable with the kids twice a week for 45 minutes each in the storytelling workshop for a fun language therapy lesson: “It only works if we all enjoy it,” she says. A sense of accomplishment is important to children, for example when the whole group laughs at the rhyme they have found. “Armadillo loves to drink beer,” one child wrote recently, Wittmaier says. “We’ve all laughed about it for a long time.”

Kids can borrow the Back Library.

We work with picture books, read-alouds and non-fiction children’s books – and with the Back Library. Each backpack contains two story books and one nonfiction book, each on a specific topic. Children can take a backpack home during the weekend if they pre-register. They sign the backpack and return its contents to the entire daycare center – and Wittmaier is pleased with how well that worked. During the week, books are available in the storytelling workshop. Book-buying suggestions come from the Reading Foundation, with support from the von Hirschheydt Library in Mellendorf. A maximum of six children of each age group can participate in language support.

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“I’m really glad we can do it here,” Wittmaier says. The opportunity to express themselves paves the way for children in life. It’s just a shame if they don’t have the right words.

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