chatter matters™ week 2015

chatter matters week press release 2015

The annual ‘time to talk’™ chatter matters week took place earlier in March and our theme was ‘chatter matters everywhere’. We celebrated children’s communication skills during chatter matters week by organising events and raising awareness across the community. This year our Speech and Language Champions were extra-imaginative and came up with lots of ways to draw attention to the theme ‘chatter matters everywhere’. Here are some examples from our champions…

A pyramid of books

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Barbara Charles Pyramid of Books
Barbara Charles from Bedworth Heath created a pyramid of books with explanations about how each one supports communication – “This is displayed on our parents’ board at the reception of the Nursery and teaching centre. We had a focus on reading books with a colour theme – including Elmer and Brown Bear, and we all dressed in our favourite colours for World Book Day, as well as bringing in our favourite stories which we read in family groups. Of course, we learned the ‘chatter matters’ raps each day too which we shared with parents at a get together on the Friday!”. Thank you Barbara!

 It’s not to late to join in… download the PowerPoint file to make your own display here: a pyramid of books

Bizzy Tots Day Nursery on Clifton Road in Rugby celebrated ‘chatters matters week’ in a variety of ways including a visit to the bus, a ‘welly walk and talk’ and a pyjama day with their favourite bedtime stories.

Bizzy Tots Welly Walk and Talk 2
“Squelch squerch squelch squerch”
Bizzy Tots Welly Walk and Talk
It looks like there was lots to talk about! Thank you Bizzy Tots!

Helen Barboutis from Clopton Children’s Centre sent us some fabulous pictures of her ideas during ‘chatter matters week’.

Helen Barboutis activities (3)
“Today I promoted Thursday thinking spaces. I made a huge ‘Gruffalo’ cave/den with books, a large snake and glow bottles for the glowing eyes.”

Helen Barboutis activities (2)

“…then a small sea cave with instruments and shiny foil inside with the book the ‘Rainbow Fish’.”

Helen Barboutis activities (1)
“…and then a comfy area with star material and ‘How to Catch a Star’ book”. Thank you Helen!

We asked you to share your creations and hear about how you used your natter boxes during ‘chatter matters week’. Little Stars Nursery: “Our ‘natter box’ has been shared with the children at lunchtime today and shared on our facebook page with ideas for parents to get involved.”

Instructions for making a natter box

And not forgetting, the ‘chatter matters’ bus was on tour around the county with the aim of reaching as many families and communities as possible. We shared lots of information about how to support children’s early language development. The children had fun too with the musical instruments, scarves, animals, cosy den and of course the slide and the ball-pit!

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Deborah and Mel on a sunny morning!
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Bruce the bus driver and Sinead our assistant promoting the bus in the supermarket.