Just outside of a daycare center I visited this morning were workers putting in new water pipes. I decided to take this opportunity and turn it into a learning experience with the child I was seeing.
I see this particular child for speech-related goals and when he saw the trucks, he was immediately excited. He told me, "There are two trucks, one, two!" The child watched the pipe go into the hole and said, "down, down, down." I was blown away by the amount of speech this situation was encouraging.
The next time you pass by road construction with your child in the back seat, turn it into a learning experience. Ask them open-ended questions, such as "How many trucks to you see, what are they doing?"
You can also turn routine situations into learning experiences, such as a grocery store visit, doctor appointment, or walking the dog. Try it out!
Katie Zink, ITFS/P