My experience with him in the waiting room made me think about what a great job the teachers at Language Stars* are doing keeping him engaged in class. After our recent trip to the doctor's office, I now understand how truly difficult it is to keep little ones happy without any of their normal toys and gadgets. Here's one way they do it: Anticipation. At the Parents and Tots class last week, the teacher had those huge yellow bags again. She just leaves them propped up against the wall before class. They are clearly filled with something that promises to be fun, so kids and adults alike can't help but be distracted by them as class starts. WHAT IN THE WORLD is in there?
Last week, it was filled with these huge, blow-up fish! I have no idea where they get all of this super cool stuff, but my child (and I) LOVE it! He was totally engaged for almost (he is 2 after all) the entire class. Nothing gets everyone's attention quite like blow-up fish. Then, she brought out the colorful preschool parachute to bounce them on while singing the song of the week about fish. (A song I sang ALL WEEK last week, by the way.)
|Here's a bad picture of the fish. In my defense, the kids kept rolling them around because|
they were having so much fun. It's hard to take a picture of moving fish!
|Here's a better picture. Isn't this toy just adorable?! |
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*We receive 50% off of our tuition for blogging about our Language Stars experience. But, all of the opinions are ours. We love LS!