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Talking Matters family gets bigger



We’ve had a birth in the family! The Talking Matters Movement is the result of connecting the inspiring mothers from Granger Grove with the Insight Tamaki team, a collective of parent social researchers. Together they’re sharing knowledge and starting a community-led movement to encourage more talk between parents and children.

 After an inspiring hui at Te Poho o Tāmaki Marae, the parents from Glen Innes were galvanized. They're adapting and expanding the idea of homemade tablecloths to promote talk at meal times, and using the LENA Research Foundation vests to measure how much more they are talking. All based at the Panmure Community Library.  The parents from Granger Grove have been supporting their efforts by sharing encouragement, tips and advice.  The Glen Innes parents really appreciate their support, judging by some of the early feedback:



 Seeing the vests being used and hearing the experiences of Granger Grove was cool as. Their experiences and having a safe space where you’re not judged is mean.”

“Everyone sharing and listening was good. It felt safe to share. Those mothers are amazing. They know so much and it feels good that we’ll get there too.”




We’ve imported more LENA recorders in response to huge interest generated by the success of the trial with Granger Grove mums. Of the 30 recorders, six are being used in a parent-led project in Tāmaki through the Glen Innes Family Centre. Some will stay with the Anglican Trust for Women and Children who are keen to continue using them in their Granger Grove programme. 

We have also provided three LENA recorders to the Whanganui Learning Centre Trust  as part of a partnership to extend Talking Matters across the country. Our project manager Emma Quigan spent two days there meeting with parents, grandparents, Ministry of Education, school principals, kindergarten teachers and the Wanganui Chronicle. Susan Morton of Growing Up in New Zealand joined us at a public meeting with 170 Whanganui residents.he most of talking with children. Welcome to the whānau Whanganui Learning Centre Trust. 



We were thrilled to help formally launch Dr Jannie van Hees's book What every primary school teacher should know about vocabulary. It's a great read and a must for all teachers, not just those in primary schools. We are so lucky to have her insights on gifting language to children. "All this wringing and trying to get 'stuff' out of children is counter-productive. We've got to fill them up." Thank you Jannie for your generosity.


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