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Do the activities first and tell the story later - Michael Jones describes an approach that engages children who may be harder to involve.

Endless opportunities for children's expression, development and learning across all curriculum areas are provided by music and movement activities suggested by Margareta Burrell

Rewards across all areas of learning will be the result when you get young children together in a baking activity, says Judit Horvath.

Encourage the youngest children to lead the way in musical activities with suggestions from Jessica Pitt.

Play with small, fantasy figurines is an ideal way to address language impoverishment and help to meet the aims of the 'Every Child a Talker' project, says Michael Jones.

There is no doubt the ability to read is crucial if our children are to make a success of their lives. There can be few better ways to improve a child's chances at school, and beyond, than to instil in them a love of reading.

Early years practitioners were amazed at the success of boys' writing projects that started from their observations. Julie Cigman reports.

An inclusive approach to children learning and speaking more than one language is explored by Tina Bruce, Carolyn Meggitt and Julian Grenier.

Confidence may follow from practitioners giving special attention to the children in a setting who rarely speak up for themselves. Michael Jones explains one approach.

A partnership between Every Child A Talker and a community theatre company has helped parents and practitioners get more in tune with children's language development, says Sian McDermott, early years consultant teacher for Enfield Council.