Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Family Time Saturday

On Saturdays, when I'm not teaching, we like to get out and explore as a family.  One thing my boys love is a trip to one of the local zoos.  I like that we get out in the beautiful weather, get lots of moving our bodies in, and learn something in the process.  I also love that we get to enhance the learning with our signs!

If you're new to signing with your family, a planned trip to the museum or the zoo can allow you to prepare a bit ahead of time. Look up some of the signs for animals or exhibits you think your child will enjoy.  Remind yourself of the variety of general signs you know - you always have A sign available, even if it's not THE sign you'd really prefer to use.

Once you're more experienced and feeling a bit more confident, be creative. You might be surprised at the variety of signs you can use.  On our trip to the zoo, we didn't just use signs for animal names (though we did use lots of those!).  We saw SNAKES, FROGS, FISH, BEARS, LIONS, TIGERS, BUGS, PENGUINS, GOATS, SHEEP, and so much more! We also talked about what we saw EATING, and SLEEPING, a variety of WATER (puddles, drinking fountains, animals drinking, touch tank, etc.), PLAY time (for us and for the animals),WAITING, BABIES, MAMAS, DIGGING.

After a great morning, and lots and lots of walking, both boys fell asleep in their car seats - almost before we'd left the parking lot.  We took a round-about way home through part of a local park.  Just as we turned back onto the main road, everyone woke up.  Being that it was a beautiful afternoon - one of the first this spring - so we decided on a spontaneous extra stop.


We all enjoyed skipping rocks.   seeing how big of a splash we could make with some rocks, searching for WORMS, and just enjoying the sun.  As the mama, I used the sign DRY lots of times - as in keep your shoes DRY, don't walk in the stream! (Even still, one boy had to go to day care the next day with damp sneakers.  Luckily they change into "inside shoes" as soon as they get there!)



After all that fun, we needed a snack, so we stopped at a custard stand on the way home for a special treat.

12 comments:

  1. I just mentioned to my 4 at home that it is definitely time for a trip to the zoo. Great idea to incorporate signing into the learning for the day. I'm your neighbor at the #smallwonder linkup! Have a great day.

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  2. I hope you get as beautiful a day for your trip as we had! Learning how to incorporate signs into what is important to my family, and into the things we're already doing is one of the really amazing things about Signing Smart's programs, for sure!

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  3. Great Post! I love how you incorporated the signs! Looks like a great day at the zoo :-)

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    1. Thanks for stopping by! I hope you'll visit again for some inspiration about how to incorporate signs into other activities as well!

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    1. It was a wondeful time! Thanks for stopping by!

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  5. Looks like you guys had a blast :)

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    1. Some much-needed spontanious fun! Thanks for stopping by!

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  6. Looks like it was the perfect trip for such a day! Thank you for sharing at Merry Monday!

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    1. Thank you for hosting, and for stopping by! It was a lovely day together :)

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  7. Looks like a wonderful day of making memories =)

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    1. That's exactly what it was, Angela! We've had a bit of a cold snap during the past couple of weeks, but we can't wait to get back out to visit these same spots again!

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