Yes, in a sense, spark* has its own language. It has its own set of words and phrases chosen to promote self-regulation.
Don’t worry. It’s not like learning a foreign language. You’ll know these words. It’s a matter of using them more often and at the right times.
The Language of spark* is a set of words and phrases that activate children’s thinking and problem-solving. They also engage them and help guide their thinking and actions. The Language of spark* is used in spark*, spark*EL, and Self-regulation in Everyday Life.
In October 2018 spark* News, I talked about How to activate your child’s thinking. And, in November 2018, I wrote an article Words … more powerful than you think. These were both leading to our discussion of the Language of spark*.
Goals of the Language of spark*
The diagram below shows the main goals of the Language of spark*.
The cognitive goals focus on getting kids to think on their own and believe in their abilities. We make sure they understand why we’re doing things. We’re also getting them to think for themselves and show us what they know.
The social-emotional goals promote children’s sense of confidence. That helps them feel sure enough to do things on their own. We get them to play an active role in learning. That gives them a feeling of being in control.
How do we use the Language of spark*
Each lesson in spark*, spark*EL and Self-regulation in Everyday Life gives lots of examples for you to use.
Here are some examples of how to use the Language of spark* to activate learning and promote self-regulation.
These adjustments to your words are so powerful and pretty simple. But it does change how both you and your child view your relationship. Using the Language of spark* and meeting the cognitive and social-emotional goals is about attitude and timing. Your attitude shows that you believe your child is competent. Your timing gives them time to think and respond.