Now what?So, this is different. We are all home. Teachers are trying to teach from home. Kids are trying to learn from home. Parents are trying to balance their roles as parents and facilitators of the teaching. We are all feeling the stress of this new and unprecedented experience. However, every cloud has a silver lining they say. Maybe our silver lining is a forced break from a normally very busy and hectic life. Experiencing family time in the summer months often looks like vacations, summer camps, play dates, etc. All of those are not an option so now as parents you are left with the task of 24/7 occupying your children's time. In our world of speech and language, we do see an opportunity for all kids to develop so many of their speaking, listening, and conversation skills. There is now time to engage in activities that enhance children's communication. Here are a few suggestions:
* Cook together. Bake something, make a simple dinner, have kids help prepare a lunch. This will teach them direction following, sequencing, vocabulary, sometimes math (fractions), and functional skills. At the end they get a natural good consequence to their efforts as well.