Play the Family Talk Game!
Download our Family Talk Game in English, Spanish, Portuguese or Haitian Creole! With questions specially designed by SFLC staff to engage kids in the art of conversation, you can start a lively discussion with your children any time and any place. Take turns drawing from the deck of conversation cards and ask each other questions.
Read the District Blog post to get a richer understanding about why talk is so important for our students.
Talking to Your Baby
- Talk about everything! What you and your baby are doing, seeing, feeling, touching and smelling.
- Talk about and name your baby's feelings
- Respond to your baby's gestures, looks, sounds and first words. Respond to their non-verbal communication.
- Talk to your baby in your home language.
Talking to Children during Early Childhood
- Use new words and use them often
- Name your child's feelings
- Encourage thinking with language. Ask your child why they think something happened. Ask your child how they did something. Ask what they think will happen next
- Look at books together and talk about them.
- Talk together in your home language
Talking to your School-aged children
- Ask your child what they know and what they are learning.
- Talk about making choices, using open-ended questions.
- Discuss with your child what they are reading.
- Put down your cellphone and give your child some one-on-one conversation time.
Talking to your Teenagers - coming soon