Talk about addresses and phone numbers.
Tell the child the name of your favorite kid’s movie. Ask what the child’s favorite movie is. Say, “I haven’t seen that one. Tell me about it.” Ask questions about details if the child omits them.
Children know their address and/or phone number. If they can make one up with the proper components, it illustrates memory as well as understanding of pattern.
Encourage parents to talk about what children are reading and seeing on TV and in movies. This is an opportunity for parents to understand what impressed their child and how the child interpreted what the story meant. This provides an inroad for discussion of deeper meanings and messages that the child may have missed or misinterpreted. Such discussions also prepare children to be able to discuss other topics with parents when they are older. The discussion patterns that are established early on are important.
North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, 2015
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