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Chatterbox Challenge 2012: Developing communication through singing

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Kate Freeman, I CAN Communication Advisor, has written a blog for Chatterbox Challenge 2012, with tips for parents on developing children’s communication skills through singing and building this into everyday activities. Kate says: Nursery rhymes and songs have been sung for hundreds of years to entertain children, distract them or soothe them to sleep.  Singing to your baby or child …

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An Evening With Colin Firth and Barry Norman: A blog by Virginia Beardshaw

2012 kicked off on a real high for I CAN with ‘An Audience with Colin Firth’ on 6th January. Spellbound is the only word to describe I CAN friends and supporters as they listened to Barry Norman using his encyclopaedic knowledge of cinema to interview the Oscar winning star about his career. We started and finished – of course – with …

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Guest Blog from Talking Tots: Chatterbox Challenge Unique Triathlon

As London is getting ready for Summer 2012 , Talking Tots will be gearing up for our very own unique Triathlon from Feb 1-7, 2012. More than 5,000 of our Talking Tots pre-schoolers in 150 centres across the UK are poised and ready to take on the three events all in aid of I CAN’s Chatterbox Challenge. The Talking Tots Triathlon …

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Guest blog from La Jolie Ronde: Moulin à paroles et el charlatán with I CAN

La Jolie Ronde Languages for Children, one of I CAN’s Chatterbox Challenge partner groups, have kindly supplied us with an exclusive song as part of Chatterbox Challenge 2012, ‘Kids in Motion: Get active and make chatter matter’! To help get your chatterboxes ‘communication fit’ why not try something new in 2012 – Try the Challenge in French and Spanish! Use …

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Looking back at 2011: thoughts on the National Year from Virginia Beardshaw

What a fantastic year 2011 has been for speech, language and communication. If you’d told me at the start of this National Year that we would have proposals to integrate oral language across our curriculum at every age and stage, as recommended in this week’s Expert Panel report on the National Curriculum, an Early Years Foundation Stage which places language …

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