Activity 3: Telephone Talk

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Children need opportunities to participate in conversations. They learn to take turns as they listen and respond. Communication skills are the foundation for getting along with others.

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Children need opportunities to participate in conversations. They learn to take turns as they listen and respond. Communication skills are the foundation for getting along with others.

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During circle time at school and many other times during the day, children will take turns speaking and listening to each other, to the teacher, or to the class.

Activity: Telephones

Make a "telephone" by connecting two paper cups or tin cans with string or yarn. Poke a hole in the bottom of each cup or can. Thread one end of the string through one hole and tie a knot so it won’t slide back out. Do this again with the opposite end of the string and the remaining hole. Hold one cup to your mouth and give the other cup to your child to put to his/her ear to listen while you talk. Pull the string or yarn tight and talk. Take turns with your child being the one to talk and the one to listen. Begin a conversation with your child. Ask questions that require more than a "yes" or "no" answer. "Hi, how are you, what did you do that was fun today?" Comment, share, and help your child expand responses.

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