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FAMILY & EDUCATION
DINNER TALK TIME
LANGUAGE, LITERACY, AND LEARNING IMPLICATIONS FOR CHILDREN
BY ERIN FEALY CUNNINGHAM
Carving out time to connect with people in your family can be difficult with busy
schedules, but the dinner table can be a sanctuary for bringing families together and
learning important communication and literacy skills.
Make the dinner table a place without distractions from the outside world so the
group at the table understands that the time together is valued. Dinner table talk
time can be a ritual with meaning if you provide meaningful ways to interact together.
It is important to set aside time at least two to three times a week or more to sit at
the dinner table.
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