Talk at Every Opportunity!
Talk with your child at every opportunity! The more children know about the world, the easier it will be for them to comprehend what they read. Talking helps children learn to make connections between real life and what is written.
If you’re at the grocery store, talk about what you are buying and why:
“Here are the carrots, celery, and potatoes. We’re going to cut these and put them in our vegetable soup!”
Even if your child cannot answer, you are adding to their background knowledge so that if they hear or read about this topic later, they will be familiar with the information. Ask questions to further the conversation as you go through the store.
Questions to Ask:
- What would you put in soup or another meal that you eat?
- Do you see a yellow fruit or vegetable you haven’t tried before? Point to it.
- What is your favorite soup?
- Would you put salad dressing in your soup? How do you think that would taste?
- Do you see any orange vegetables?
Questions lead to more conversation and can be used in any situation, not just the grocery store!