166. Your Face Your Hands Your Voice
So much more transfers through the face, hands and voice than we realize. Children need to see a face connected to the sounds and meaning of words. ‘Smart technology’ cannot do this. A image on a screen cannot project and radiate the feeling of language.
Literacy is a living art. A human face tells a story, relates a context, produces a whole theater surrounding a word or even a single letter. Young language learners hunger for the song and color of words that human expression naturally produces.
Two of the most powerful desires in the universe are communication and connection.
Children need to see your face and hear your voice in all its micro-expressive subtlety and warmth. It comes through the eyes. It comes through the vocalizing of sounds and what the mouth and tongue are doing. They need to see and hear it. Blind language learners will tell you they are acutely aware of what the mouth does to produce words and how distinct words land in the ears.More