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Dinner Table and Grocery Shop Talk

Supporting Oral Language and Vocab (Dinner Table Talk/Grocery Shop Talk)

Because talking is an important way we communicate with others, knowledge of many words is an important part of connecting through talk. This includes understanding the meaning of words, how to use them, and how to say them. Talking with your child every day about books and what he or she thinks will help your child to communicate.

Here’s a video called Cooking Conversations. In this video, a caretaker supports the oral language and vocabulary development of two children as they bake cupcakes together. 


Key Points

  • Children have fun baking cupcakes and talking about what they are doing. 
  • Caretaker fully involves the children in reading the recipe, gathering ingredients, and making the cupcakes while talking about what they are doing. 
  • Caretaker asks several questions and encourages both children to engage in the conversation. 

When doing a cooking activity with your child, it is helpful to talk about what you are doing. Involve your child in each step of the process. Together you can read the recipe, get the ingredients, and make the food. It is important to ask open-ended questions and engage your child in the conversation. It is okay to correct your child as needed, and encourage them to use complete sentences.

You can use the Family Resources Talking and Writing in the Kitchen and Grocery Shop Talk at home. Have fun speaking, listening, and writing in the kitchen and at the grocery store! 


Key Points

  • Adults listen and ask open-ended questions to extend the conversation. 
  • Adults correct children, as needed, and encourage complete sentences. 
  • Adults ask children to read notes written on napkins to engage them in understanding written messages.