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Most children love chocolate, but do they know that chocolate grows on a tree - the cacoa tree?
Let your child watch this youtube video called "How chocolate is made" by SNA Kids. It's just under 5 minutes long and shows the whole process from picking a pod off the tree to making a crude chocolate bar. The chocolate bars we get in our local shop are simply a posher version.
Even though chocolate was first discovered in Central and South America, nowadays about about two thirds of our cacoa beans come from West Africa. Find out more about the history of chocolate in this video from TEDEd.
Talking and listening helps your child build their language and thinking skills – this is a great foundation for them to learn more. Asking questions, finding out answers and looking up words together will help build your child’s vocabulary and knowledge of the world around them.
When you’re out and about with your child ask them to recall little things that happened on previous trips. For example, “Do you remember what we saw here yesterday?” This helps your child to recall, listen, speak and to become more aware of their surroundings – good skills for listening and speaking.
But remember, to listen well, first let your child finish what they are saying. Avoid too many questions that might interrupt their train of thought. Try not to think about what you want to say next. Concentrate on what your child is saying. Check with them that you understood, for example, “So what you are saying is…”
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