At mealtime, put a message next to your child’s plate. It may be a picture you tear out of a magazine, a quick note, or a drawing. As you sit down to eat, invite them to share the message. Take turns talking about the colors, letters, and pictures you both see.
See what your child is learning
A “Mealtime Message” is unexpected and fun. As you take turns talking about it, your child is learning to pay attention to details. They’re also learning that marks and pictures stand for words and ideas, which is important when learning to read in the future.