Even after a full day of "school" where they play and learn and move almost constantly, they aren't done. Every afternoon on the way home, my boys ask to stop at one of our local playgrounds. Most days, we're happy to grant their wishes. It's a great way for them to burn off some energy before dinner and wind-down time; it's a great way for us to spend some time together, and it's a great way to sneak a few more lessons into the day.
Learning through play is what their little bodies were made to do, so that's what we do!
Everyday LessonsThere's problem solving: I want to climb up and over this rope net, but I can't reach to go the most obvious way. Is there another way I can go? I want to get to the top of this pretend tree, how do I get there?
There's team work, turn-taking and sharing: We both want to play on this piece of playground equipment, how can we both feel happy? I can't turn the merry-go-around by myself, but if two or three of us work together, it will turn. You can ride for a while, then we'll switch. Let's play tag!
There are endless opportunities for signs to be used: HELP, MORE, ALL-DONE, SIT, SWING, and SLIDE are part of every trip. Sometimes we talk about colors or counting. Occasionally, we have to use GENTLE and I'M-SORRY, too.
Occasional Bonus Lessons
|SNAKE - Mr. L. at 30 months|