A Good Start for All? An Erasmus Plus online conference on 15th Sept
The conference will focus on inclusive methods of education for pre school children developed within the Erasmus Plus project “A Good Start for All” and activities across Europe.
More information about the project is available from the project webpage A Good Start for All
You can register for the free online event here
Who we are
We are a group of professionals from the field of early years teachers who met around European Language Label awarded project: Tiny Signers. We are promoting the sign supported learning method with hearing children which has proven to be very useful when used with preverbal children and children under the age of 6.
In the heart of our teaching is the sign supported communication which aims at encouraging speech wherever possible and develop an understanding of
language via visual signs.
Language label award ceremony
Using sign supported learning to improve early second language learning
Recent studies indicate that young children learn languages naturally and
that the best time for children to learn another language is in the first three to four years of their lives.
This has encouraged some parents to enrol the children as young as 1 to 2 years of age in kindergartens where the language of instruction is not their own first language.
However having a classroom full of two year olds who do neither speak nor understand the language of instruction can be very challenging.
As an experienced educator you will be familiar with the
stage of the silent period and the strategies to deal with it. You will probably already be using lots of pictures, simple rhyming songs and actions. We have however discovered that if actions are brought further and used in the form of proper signs, you will be able to create a reassuring and emotionally supporting environment for your young learners very quickly. Try it. You only need to use a few signs to start!
This model of learning is being tested and developed within 3 countries within the Learn English through Signs Erasmus plus project. More information is available from