Dinner Table Discussion: Conversation Facilitates Academic Excellence

Posted by Kristy Beaudry McCain on Aug 23, 2015 1:08:58 AM

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Meal times offer an excellent opportunity for families to sit together, enjoy a meal and participate in rich discussion. Children and teens acquire a broad vocabulary by regularly conversing with others. Research has shown that the most successful high school students, National Merit Scholars, regularly eat dinner at the table with their families. Many positive life skills can be developed through family dinners. Kids can learn and practice good manners. They can share their views with others and utilize good listening skills. Engaging in meals with the family helps to develop positive relationships and build knowledge about a wide variety of topics.

Ideas For Dinnertime Conversation

  • World Events
  • National Events
  • Local News
  • The best part of the day...
  • The worst part of the day...
  • Things we are grateful for...
  • Favorite books
  • Places people went that day
  • Exciting news
  • News at school
  • Family events
  • Animals
  • Green living and recycling
  • Helping others in the community
  • Cooking and recipes
  • Fun places to go
  • Vacations
  • Upcoming events
  • Healthy living
  • Community events
  • Gardening
  • Any other topic

Online Books and Instructional Guides

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Students can benefit from reading these online books that teach valuable social skills. Online books offer a great opportunity to enrich student’s vocabulary and content knowledge. Educators and parents can utilize helpful teacher’s guides to help with planning instructional lessons. These content-rich planning guides include engaging ideas to assist with instruction in close reading. Big Universe offers thousands of titles in many different languages, on hundreds of topics. Find these informational and engaging texts at Big Universe.

The Peddlesfoots have been invited to a fancy dinner party at a hotel. Alexa knows it's respectful to always use good manners, but there are SO many manners to remember! Can Alexa and the Peddlesfoots be respectful and use good manners all dinner long?
Animals, Birds & Insects, Character Education, Characters & Series, Family, Friendship
Interest Age:
Ages 3-5, Ages 6-8
Kindergarten, 1st Grade, 2nd Grade, 3rd Grade


Repetitive sentences keep the reader engaged and illustrations sequentially move through the adventures of a mother trying to get her daughter to eat a proper meal
Family, People & Places, Picture Books
Interest Age:
Ages 3-5, Ages 6-8


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