Thick and Thin Conversations, Birth to Five

"Thick" conversations are the extended back-and-forth exchanges between a teacher and a child. This in-service suite describes teaching practices to engage infants, toddlers, and prescholers in "thick" conversations.

Supporting Materials

Tips for Teachers: Facilitating Thick Conversations with Young Infants [PDF, 117KB]

Tips for Teachers: Facilitating Thick Conversations with Older Infants and Toddlers [PDF, 118KB]

Tips for Teachers: Facilitating Thick Conversations with Preschool Children [PDF, 116KB]

Tools for Teachers [PDF, 106KB]

Tools for Supervisors [PDF, 113KB]

Helpful Resources: Infants and Toddlers [PDF, 113KB]

Helpful Resources: Preschool [PDF, 116KB]

Materials for Trainers

Presentation [PPTX, 132MB]

Optional Slide [PPTX, 966KB]

Presenter Notes [PDF, 2.0MB]

Learning Activity: Video Review: Thick and Thin—Toddlers [PDF, 114KB]

Learning Activity: Video Review: Snow Day—Preschoolers [PDF, 115KB]

Learning Activity: Conversation Practice Vignettes—Infants and Toddlers [PDF, 113KB]

Learning Activity: Conversation Practice Vignettes—Preschoolers [PDF, 112KB]

Learning Activity: Developing an Action Plan [PDF, 108KB]

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Last Updated: June 6, 2018