My favorite thing to look forward to on Saturday mornings is breakfast. No matter who the cook is, there's something great about foods that we tend to place in the "breakfast" category.
So did you ever think about a Saturday morning breakfast as a language learning opportunity?
Yes- just give your child an apron and involve her step by step in the process.
It can look a little something like this:
"Oh! What should we have for breakfast? EGGS or TOAST?"
"Oh yes! Let's have EGGS."
"OPEN the refrigerator and pull out the EGGS. I'll help."
"Now we need a PAN and a BOWL"
"Let's crack the EGGS and STIR them. Let's put three in the BOWL. One for me, one for you, and one for your brother."
"Now look in the BOWL!"
"Ok, now let's get our PAN hot. Be careful. I'll turn on the stove."
"Pour the EGGS in. STIR them a little when they get hot."
"Look! They're done! Would you like a PLATE or a BOWL for your EGGS? I want a PLATE for mine."
Do you see all those words you just targeted?
Obviously, you do not have to cook EGGS, but it's an easy word target. Just make a big to-do of whatever it is and help your child approximate how to say the word.
Take a picture of the breakfast choice so that if your child is still lacking the words, you can show her a few pictures and ask "Oh! What should we have for breakfast?" "Show me please." And yes- letting her touch and feel the food is important. Give her a spoon or fork but let her soak in the sensory component of how the food feels if she needs to use her fingers as well.
Now, when was the last time you felt that productive just after breakfast?
What's missing on my plate? If you missed it this year, March 4th was IHOP's annual free pancake day that's held to raise money for Children's Miracle Network Hospitals. That's a brave feat to try and raise over 3 million for charity!
Have a "Free Pancake Day" in your own home and your little one can donate her time in helping to cook!