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Raising a Voracious Reader – The Family Dinner Project

Dinner Time, Storytelling, and Family Conversations to Raise a Voracious Reader 

We invite you to turn your family dinner conversations into powerful opportunities to build vocabulary. Researchers at Harvard have found that young children that participate in conversations have bigger vocabularies, learn to read more easily and earlier. 

Next time you are having a shared meal as a family: 

-Tell stories 

-As open-ended questions: “why” and “how” 

-Use words to explain, remember, and tell stories. 

As you can see, the emphasis is on having rich conversations when sharing a meal with your family. Despite the challenges of coordinating family meals, the benefits will greatly benefit your child’s language development. 

You can learn more ideas at the Family Dinner Project 

https://thefamilydinnerproject.org/conversation/conversation-starters/