A Note to Readers
When Evette declares, “Only kids with a baby sister can
come to my birthday,” she sets off a zigzagging, one-of-a-kind
conversation around the snack table. The children’s exchange
is filled with creativity, humor, negotiation, cooperation, and
problem solving. These skills, among many others, contribute
to young children’s healthy development and learning.
During casual conversations, like those at snack- or
mealtimes, children have the opportunity to learn new
words and turn taking while telling stories and giving
explanations. Adults can assist the development of children’s
communication skills by listening attentively, letting the
children take the lead, and following along with brief
interjections and questions.
We hope Evette’s Invitation inspires conversation with the
children in your life! Have fun talking with—and listening