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Taking Turns

Help your child learn the rules of conversation by discussing the importance of eye contact, not interrupting, and listening carefully.

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Extending this activity

  • -Read "Mr. Chatterbox" by Roger Hargreaves and discuss the lesson that Mr. Chatterbox learns.

    -Set up a tea party with dolls or a meeting of action figures. Let your child use the different figures to role play taking turns while carrying on a pretend conversation.

Adjust for an older child

Encourage older children to lead the conversation by deciding what question will be answered and the order of who will talk first and last.

Adjust for a younger child

If a child is not ready to form his own sentences, you can provide him with choices such as “What was your favorite part of the day: going to the park or watching a show?”

What is being taught through this activity

  • Foundational Literacy/Math Skills: Listening and Speaking

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