Thursday, September 22, 2016

Learn Your Kids

When my un-twins (one is adopted, black hair, olive skin, the other born of me light brown hair, and fair with freckles--then--and they are 8 months apart, always in the same grade) were in fifth grade, their teacher asked them to write a story about an animal in the first person giving a personality to that animal. "I am an octopus. I have eight hands and can hold a different thing in each one..."

She told me later that the story tells her something about the children as they project their own personalities into the story. 



When my untwins were in kindergarten they had the homework each night of drawing a picture on the top and then dictating what it was about to me. Sometimes it was a story, sometimes just a description, but along with what they were learning, it was another way to get to know them.

You've probably heard people say, "Be a student of your child." There are many ways to do this, and listening to their stories is one great way. Listening to our children tell us a real life or imaginary event gets us so much more into their brains than if we quiz them down. That's why it helps to have a story prompt or a question when you are with them.



I have fifteen ideas for you to prompt your children to talk to you. Good places to use these are in the car, while waiting in the doctor's office (or anywhere you have to wait), and, of course, around the table. 

Just have one or two in mind at a time. If you have multiple kids with you who can participate, you could get one to start and the next can choose whether to tell you about their version or have a new idea.






















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On the first day of school _________
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If I ever commit a crime, it will be _________
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The best note I could find in my lunch is __________
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Tell me a place.
Now tell me a name.
Next tell me an occupation.
Now make a problem for that person, in that place, doing that job.
(After they create the problem)
How will he/she solve the problem?
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You have woken up inside a snow globe.
Tell me about life there, 
then tell me how you will get home.
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You are President for the day. The first thing you will do is ____________________
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I wish there were a law that said ____________________.
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If I could talk to someone who does what I think I would like to do someday, I would ask them _____________________.
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You become invisible each day for one hour, 
but only if you help someone in some way. 
How would you help someone while you are invisible?
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Pick the third destination available and say,
Tell me all about the trip you would take to this place.
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You are an animal. 
What are you and what do you like to do?
What are you afraid of?
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For more fun ideas in the car or around the table see this post.





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2 comments:

  1. Great idea & prompts. Thanks for joining us at the Inspiration Spotlight party. Shared.

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  2. Wonderful! I'm going to do it with my foster kids.

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