Kids Talking explores communication among young children in a child-care setting, showing how games and even tentative interactions can turn into rich relationships-and a vibrant learning culture where friendships, power, and control are managed in creative ways. Filled with lively anecdotes and examples, this engaging book looks at ways children's passionate and mixed signals, communication uncertainty, conflict, and games can be transformed into effective messages. Readers who work with preschool-aged children, including parents, child-care workers, and teachers, will find useful insights and suggestions for how to enhance communication skills in young children.
John Meyer is associate professor of speech communication at the University of Southern Mississippi.
Chapter 1 1. Introduction Chapter 2 2. Repeated Interaction Patterns: Revealing Culture in Recurring Routines Chapter 3 3. Managing Changing Relationships Chapter 4 4. Are We Friends? Children's Statements, Proximity, and Touch Chapter 5 5. Revealing Culture: Invoking the Rules Chapter 6 6. Discipline Dogma Chapter 7 7. Power and the Use of Control Chapter 8 8. Uncertain Relationships: Power Differences and Seeking Adult Support Chapter 9 9. Children Expressing and Controlling Feelings: Tragedy or Comedy? Chapter 10 10. Initiating Roles and Play: Growing Relationships Along the Way Chapter 11 11. Children's Strategies for Expressing and Receiving Affection Chapter 12 12. Children in Conflict Chapter 13 13. Adults in Conflict: Research Pitfalls Chapter 14 14. The Emotional Impact of Working with Children Chapter 15 15. Findings and Implications: Child Interactions and Child-Care Cultures Part 16 References