New Kitchen Vocabulary + Printable
To do: Use the 3 Part Cards to learn new vocabulary related to mealtime etiquette
Time: 5 minutes, repeat
Materials: Printed set of 3 part cards below
It’s time for another set of the infamous Montessori vocabulary builders, the Three Part Cards. In this activity, we’re going to study the supplies we find at a table.
What tools do children use to eat, and what might they find at a table? Adding specific language to your child’s vocabulary will help them accurately communicate with others!
Our 3 part card printable introduces fork, spoon, knife, napkin, chopsticks, and placemat.
- Start by looking at only the picture card together. Ask “What is this?” Does your child already know the name of the utensil in the picture? Great. If they don’t know it yet, place the card to one side. Go through the whole set of cards this way, then start again with the images your child isn’t familiar with.
- Select 3 of the unknown cards. Introduce the item, “This is a placemat.” You can have a conversation about when you might use the placemat, or your child can repeat the name, whatever you’re interested in!
- Go through all 3 cards this way.
- Next, using the same set of 3, ask your child to do an action with the card. For example, “Give me”, “Point at”, “Pick up”, or “Put the __ over there”.
- Lastly, point at or pick up a card and ask your child, “What is this?” Your child will be confident in their new vocabulary after working with it in three different ways! Continue with a new set of cards if your child is interested, or save some for another day.
For pre-readers, practice sounding out the names of the different utensils together. “This is a fork. What sounds can we hear in ffffork?” This is helpful practice for your child as they begin reading and writing.
For your older child who is comfortable reading, introduce reading the label and finding the corresponding image card. The card with the image and label connected is called the control card, your child can use this card to check their work when their finished!
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