Nell Duke on early literacy development: Talk to kids in the kitchen!

There are lots of ways a parent or caregiver can support a child's learning and literacy growth at home -- from having conversations around the dinner table to being a reading role model.

Nell K. Duke, Professor of Language, Literacy and Culture, University of Michigan, School of Education, suggests using the kitchen as a place for learning. As Nell Duke says, “Anything you can do in the kitchen to keep your child busy with reading, writing, talking and listening is going to pay off later on.”

From following a recipe and introducing key words to having your children create labeled placemats for dinner guests, the kitchen is full of learning opportunities.

You can find plenty more advice on supporting family engagement and learning at home through Scholastic FACE and here on the EDU blog.