What to do with the child on the road? (part 2)
Guess my song.
Sing the first line of the song, which your child probably knows. If he recognizes her, let him sing the next one. If he doesn’t find out, continue his vocals until he remembers. The child will support you as soon as he understands which song you have chosen. Then it is his turn to check your ear for music.
What do I see?
Pay attention to what you are passing by. Let him help you describe the urban and suburban landscapes floating outside the window. By some kind of exclamation, note the appearance of unusual objects, such as a mount on telephone poles, a dented car standing on the side of the road, sports slippers hanging on a wire, and ask questions. For example: Let’s count how many children are in the group? Are there more old or young people here? Look at the trees: are they the same? How do they differ? How many churches (cafes, cows, fire stations, libraries or pharmacies) can you count?
Older children can be asked questions, the answers to which require analysis: “What do you think, why cars harm the environment?”, “Why are tall houses more profitable to build?”, “What is the difference between houses in the city center and houses on the outskirts?”
Invite your child to become an artist: let him draw some pictures depicting what he sees from the car. Give him paper and pencil. If you have a long trip, prepare some colored pencils, felt-tip pens or crayons. It would be nice to keep in the trunk not only a spare tire, but also a notebook with a box of colored pencils, unless, of course, your child is sick in the car.
It would be nice to keep a plastic tray in the trunk. It can come in handy if your child will have a chance to write or draw something – the tray can serve as a good table for drawing.
If your child is diligent and loves to diligently display the details in his drawing, ask him about each of them. Are there any trees near the house? Are there clouds in the sky? What kind of people are they in the picture? However, when your child runs out of patience or is simply a fidget, advise him during the trip to make small sketches of what he saw: let there be houses on one drawing, cars on the other, people on the third, trees and sky on the fourth, etc. If your child is a dreamer, give him the opportunity to rely on his own impressions and reflect them in the drawings.
Do not forget!
Even if the travel road was not easy and you arrive late, do not forget to take the time to look at the drawings, and then carefully set aside, telling the child that later, at home, you will examine them in detail.
Chorus in the car.
Since you ride in your own “chariot”, you can sing, swaying to the beat of the melody. Everyone chooses a popular song that everyone could sing together. If there are several people in the car, then the “choir” can be divided into two or three groups. A car is a great place where you can teach children songs of their childhood or parents to get acquainted with the songs that are sung at school. If you like songs from music films, listen to their recordings and learn words together. Hum melodies from your favorite TV shows. Teach your child songs that you love, and in turn memorize his favorite songs.
Advice to music lovers.
If you have a tape recorder in your car, put down records of children’s songs or your favorite folk songs and sing along to them. Of course, you can do it yourself, and it will be even more interesting if you take an empty cassette into the car and record your choral family performance.
Speak like me.
It is amazing what effect you can achieve by saying the same thing in a different manner. The child, changing his voice, easier to absorb the difference in sounds. Try it this way. Repeat the alphabet or read children’s verses in a normal voice. Then change the way of speaking: speak very quickly or very slowly, in a high, thin voice or deep bass, constantly dwelling on different syllables or emphasizing every third word, etc. Let the child imitate you, repeating exactly what he hears. Most children like to play words by changing their voices. So they learn the world of words and language. For example, with a simple change in intonation, you can read the nursery rhyme “My cheerful sonorous ball, where did you rush to jump,” as a lyric poem, or as a terrible story, or as a political appeal. Try to recite with a French prononce, or Grassroot in German, or sketchy syllables like the Chinese, or, changing “e” to “e”, like southerners.
Pick up a melody.
Try using your favorite tunes for your family songs. If, for example, you go to Aunt Bonnie, who has a thick, fluffy cat named Dalila, you can borrow a melody from the song “A Christmas tree was born in the forest” with the words:
And Delilah the cat
The strips are good
They live in stripes of fleas.
Scratch her, scratch!
Take any song and change the words as you want, so that it turns out your own song. Probably, some of them will seem funny to you and will become loved in your family. Record the most successful ones on a tape recorder so as not to forget them.
A sad look.
Look out the window and look at the world around you with a critical look. Each time one of you notices something that spoils the beauty of the landscape, or is unhealthy, declare “Pollution” – and explain what it is. It could be a littered street, a smothering exhaust from a truck, a smoking factory. Discuss the cause of the contamination. Compare the degree of pollution in the areas through which you pass.
If you are eager to help nature, it would be nice, traveling by car, to make small stops from time to time to clear at least those places that seemed especially attractive to you from garbage.
Invite everyone in the car to watch objects of one kind from the window. These can be dogs, trees, flowers, road signs, trucks, institutions, etc.
Whenever one of you notices an object of this kind, he calls and shows it. Everyone is trying to determine its distinctive features. If you choose dogs, you need to establish what breed it is – a poodle, collie or cur. If these are buildings, then name their purpose – library, post office, hospital or school.
It is best to play this game with older children, but it is no less interesting for adults. It is especially convenient to play it when the car is moving slowly. Of course, you don’t really want to understand the breeds of dogs or read the inscriptions on buildings if the car in front is constantly slowing down in front of you.
To add variety, you can write the name of the selected object on paper at the top of the sheet, and let your child draw a picture below. Invite him to make notes about each type of object that you see. Then you can select other objects for observation and draw a new picture. By the end of the trip, you will know not only the quantity, but also much more about what you met along the way.
And all these trips will remain in family memory as a “trip with the cows” or “a trip through the churches”.
Repeat any sound several times. You can lightly tap the glass, click with your tongue, repeat one syllable (la-la-la), stamp it with your foot, etc. Let the child listen carefully and consider how many times you have done this. Then he must repeat the sound, imitating you. Then it’s his turn to make sounds, and you need to count and repeat them. Be patient if the child does something wrong. Remember that this is not an examination of his abilities, but just a game, and the more you exercise, the better he will distinguish sounds.
This fun game strengthens your memory and helps you focus. Someone begins to say in a chant: “I went to the attic and found …” – and calls any item that he wants. It may be the real thing, or it may be fictional. For example: “I went to the attic and found a purple dog with yellow stripes (or a submarine floating upside down, a gold pocket watch, three Martians, a one-armed doll).”
The second repeats: “I went to the attic and found …” At the same time, he should name the item that the first participant in the game chose and add his own, continuing the story. And then each next player repeats everything that was said by the previous one, and adds his own. Calculate how many items you can remember in sequence by the time the game ends.
A variation of this game is the “grandfather’s story.” Here, too, it is necessary to name objects, but only alphabetically. For example: “When Jane went to the attic, she found an antelope, and I found a butterfly.” Then the next player repeats the words on “a” and “b” and adds the word on “c”.
Come up with an exercise for training your memory, where items are listed sequentially and a new one is added with each repetition. Call your imagination to help. For example, “I went to a strange zoo where I saw a tiny red elephant, a snake dressed in night slippers, a short giraffe, etc.”