By Brenda Giles

Spending time in conversation during meal time promotes a great learning foundation for early literacy.

“Teachers partnering with parents prove to be a double portion of success for our little ones,” said Director of A Children’s Kastle, Karen Liebler. “I have worked in the field of early childhood for over 35 years, and my experience has provided me the opportunity to witness firsthand the success in promoting early literacy when parent and teachers encourage conversation during meal time.”

A Children’s Kastle Early Learning Center utilizes sign language as well as verbal language in its infant and young toddler’s room. By giving children the opportunity to communicate provides the sense of belonging and security.

Once a child feels welcome, safe and secure and communicates, the learning process is easy. Knowing that parents want only the best for their children, A Children’s Kastle strongly encourages parents to mimic its daily routine, which includes meal time conversation.

“Remembering to make time to talk during mealtime is often difficult, however the benefits are enormous,” said Giles.

For more information on A Children’s Kastle Early Learning Center, visit

Helpful Hints For Meal Time Conversations:

-Turn off the television during meal time.

-Put cell phone on top of the refrigerator.

-If a daily communication board is not available, parents should ask the teacher for one highlight of the day. This topic will be a good prompt for dinner conversation later.

-Keeping eye level with your child helps children maintain focus and eye contact.

-Expand your child’s vocabulary by repeating their ideas and add descriptive words to build on their ideas.

-Use correct language when speaking.

-Speak in full sentences and correct pronunciation of words.

-Use body language to keep your child’s interest.

-Ask open ended questions.

-Use facial expressions to show emotions and inquisitiveness.

-Listen to what your child is saying carefully. Remember to maintain eye contact.

-Take turns so as not to promote children to interrupt.

-Include everyone at the table.

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