Welcome to another week of the Love to Learn Linky! Our topic this week is about finding ways to stimulate conversation with kids at dinnertime.
When I was just about to write this post, my son got a sudden bout of the stomach flu. He’s currently asleep and moaning while I’m doing this. I’m hoping that this particular bug has missed your family this winter…
So – today I just picked my favourite post from last week’s linky to feature and added a few of my own ideas to it.
Although today’s post is short, be sure to check out all the amazing links at the bottom from my fellow kid bloggers and I’ll see you back next week for my Hands-On Math post which was supposed to be today.
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Two Ways to Stimulate Conversation with Kids at Dinnertime
This week, I decided to feature Growing Book by Book’s recent post: March Table Topics – 31 Starters to Get Your Kids Talking at the Dinner Table. This is such an awesome idea!
Basically, Jodie (an early childhood and elementary educator) created a list of printable topics to prompt kids to talk and THINK during dinnertime.
Her starters include math, language and science concepts as well as just general information questions.
I can see how kids would really love engaging in these conversations, and they’re a great way for families to bond and have fun together.
Be sure to visit her site and print off your copy. I already have.
Oh, and she does this every month – so you can visit her site regularly and have an entire year of conversations with your child or children – all for free!
Jodie’s post totally reminds me of a book that I just purchased recently for a similar purpose.
It’s called Q&A a Day for Kids: A Three-Year Journal and the idea is it provides a question to ask your child every day (with 3 years’ worth of questions) and a space where you can record your child’s answers for posterity!
I only got this a couple of weeks ago, but my favourite answer from my son so far has been:
Q: Describe what one of your parents does for a job.
Onetime’s Answer: referring to his dad, “Fixing and Daddying.”
Love it! (Now my husband is a teacher too, but he DOES do a LOT of home maintenance and this is obviously leaving an impression! LOL.)
The neat thing about this book is that each question is on its own page and there is room to record your child’s answer 3 times with the date. So you can look back and compare your child’s answers over the years as they grow. So much fun!
Without the time (or money) anymore to scrapbook (being a single-income household), I really like having cost-effective ways to keep our memories – and the price of this book was doable for us.
Those were our two ways to stimulate conversation with kids at dinnertime (or any meal!). Do you have any fun ideas to add? Leave a comment – I’d love to hear them.
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