Teaching Ideas

Encouraging Dialogue

For Students K-12

  • What is the first word that comes to mind when you see this room?

  • How would you feel having dinner in this room?

  • Do you have any dinner traditions in your family?

  • Think about a ‘dream dinner party.’ Who would you invite? What would you serve for your guests to eat?

  • The elaborate furniture, tableware, and silver on display might suggest that the Reves entertained in a more formal manner. Wendy Reves was really an informal hostess, and she wanted to have everybody very comfortable. When your family has people over for dinner, are the meals more formal or informal? Which do you prefer?