High Five keeps parents and children coming back to Chandler Public Libraries, in person or not! High Five is an early literacy promotion that introduces five key concepts: Talk, Sing, Read, Write and Play. Read on to learn more about how the kitchen offers many opportunities to practice the Talk concept.
You already know the importance of talking with your 0-5 year old and the impact it has on their early literacy development. Now you just need to find the time to engage in fun, interesting dialogue with your child. The kitchen offers many opportunities to chat.
Make something delicious to eat while you encourage your child to talk. Ask your child to name the ingredients. Better yet, have them name the ingredients and check them off of a list as you pull each item from the cupboard. Discuss with your child how the ingredients smell or feel. Ask them to think of something an ingredient reminds them of. Maybe the smell of cinnamon reminds them of Grandma’s house or an aunt’s special cookies.
And don’t forget to toss in a few math terms too. Once you start cooking talk with each other about what to do first, second and third. If any mistakes are made, talk about how you should have used less pepper or you need to add a little more salt. Check out a kid-friendly cookbook from the library for inspiration. Cooking Class: Global Feast by Deanna Cook has recipes from around the world that will have you serving up some yummy early literacy skills in on time. Have fun!