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Using a Menu to Order

When eating out, read the menu with your child and encourage her to draw a picture to "write" her order to communicate with the waiter.

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Extending this activity

  • -Make a to-do list of all the things that need to be done with your child's help. Be sure to engage the child on his or her ideas for the list and write them down together.

    -Read "Frog and Toad Together" by Arnold Lobel, paying special attention to the chapter entitled 'The List'. Talk with the child about the similarities and differences between Toad's list and yours.

Adjust for an older child

Encourage the child to say the name of the ordered item slowly and to write down the letter for the sound he or she hears at the beginning of the word. Feel free to coach the child to identify the letter that correctly represents the sound.

Adjust for a younger child

The adult and child may take turns naming foods that can be ordered in the restaurant. Encourage the child to talk about the attributes of each item (color, texture, taste) or why they like or dislike the item.

What is being taught through this activity

  • Foundational Literacy/Math Skills: Writing Letters and Words

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