Class Type: Play & Learn 2
The capacity to communicate is the ability and desire to connect with others through the exchange of ideas and feelings, both verbally and non-verbally. Communication is essential for building strong, healthy relationships. It is also critical for success in school as children are expected to share their ideas and feelings with teachers and peers, to use communication skills to solve problems, resolve conflicts, build relationships with others, process new information, and ask and answer questions. Babies are born with a drive to communicate with the people they love and who care for them. Children’s capacity to communicate grows by leaps and bounds across the first few years of life. A newborn nuzzles her mother’s breast. Her mother says, “Oh, you must be hungry. Here you go.” This baby is learning that her loved ones will respond to her signals and communications. A 9-month-old starts messing with the food on his high chair, as if wiping it clean with his hands. His father notices, saying: “Hey buddy, looks like you’re telling me you are all done. How about I take you out of there and we can head to the park.” This baby is learning that he is an effective communicator.