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Phone Fun

Have a pretend phone conversation and challenge your child to answer your questions with complete sentences.

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Extending this activity

  • -As you go about your daily routine, acknowledge the times when your child answers with complete sentences. The activity above can easily be duplicated in the car, at the table, and pretty much anywhere!

    -Read the written conversation between a son and his mother in "I Wanna Iguana" by Karen Kaufman Orloff. Ask your child if the story would be as interesting if the son answered with just one word.

Adjust for an older child

Ask older children to add more descriptive details or vivid verbs to make their sentences sound even smarter. Prompt them to do this by providing choices such as: “Would you describe the temperature today as chilly or toasty?”

Adjust for a younger child

It is developmentally appropriate to expect younger children to answer questions with just one word or a short phrase. Accept their answers and then model using their answers in a complete sentence. With time, they will begin applying your model to their own language.

What is being taught through this activity

  • Foundational Literacy/Math Skills: Listening and Speaking

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