Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Noooo! Walk around the puddle!

I know that you've probably said something like this "Noooo! Walk around the puddle!" just seconds before your toddler or preschool jumped right into the middle of a puddle. And who can resist? The splash! The fun! The look on mom's face!

Sometimes the call of the puddle is a stronger urge than the memory/listening skills of the child. But what if it's not?  What if your child really does struggle with the concept of "around"versus "through?" Then it is not disobedience, it's a language comprehension issue.

The words "around" and "through" are words that we infrequently say. The less often we say a word, the longer it takes for a child to learn it. Here is a great activity that I recently did with a client of mine to work on those concepts. In addition we glued pictures of cards that I shrunk on a copy machine that has pictures of "around" but just completing this simple activity will give your child a boost in the right direction when it comes to understanding "around" and "through!"

   strips of paper (any color, any length ours were 8.5" because I cut a regular piece of paper into strips)

Lay out all of the strips of paper and make one into a link. Then encourage your child to put another piece "through" and then wrap it "around." We also included talk about putting the ends "together."

Because it was a fun task and we were creating something, it did not seem like a repetitive drill activity. However, he was exposed to the words we were using in a real life situation more than 12 times. By about the 7th link, I would say "ok, put the paper ...." I'd pause and he would say "through!" I'd continue "wrap it ...." I'd pause again and he would complete it by saying "around." He actually picked up saying "and put it together" before I even had the chance to start it and then pause!

In the end we had a cute little necklace that had a meaningful language building activity behind it, but it also gave him the opportunity to talk to his friends at summer camp and his teacher about what he did. He used "around" and "through" a few more times in spontaneous interactions with them.

At home, your child could teach a sibling, parent or grandparent (even an aunt/uncle or friend!) about what they did.

This was a quick and fun. I hope that you enjoy making an Through & Around Necklace at home, too!

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