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Our first attemptCategory: Phase 0
We go to the park every day. It is very close to our home. From time to time we change the location and choose another park. Yesterday morning I decided to take her to the biggest park in our home town. I know she likes it. We had to take the bus. It was a good chance to do with my daughter thinking activities related to "being / going somewhere". I started to ask her questions (in Romanian, our language) in order to make some comparison between the two parks. I have to say that my daughter, T., is 4 years old.
Me: It's very nice in here, isn't it?
T: Yes, it is.
Me: What do you like about this park?
T. It is beautiful and it has more playgrounds than ours.
Me: Anything else? Why do you think it is beautiful?
T: Why do you ask?
She just looked at me seriously...
Me: I try to find out why do you like more this place.
T: (again seriously) Why do you ask?
So, I didn't say anything. I felt like I had failed somehow. I let her play.
On the way home, we took the bus. Suddenly I remembered another "game"- question about the surroundings (three properties given and guess). It was succesful. 20 minutes of playing on the bus plus another few hours at home... Exhausted me and my husband. But it felt good. And I am pretty sure that I gave this idea to people from the bus to play with their children. We had fun.
Playing this game, she discovered a lot of things on the bus that she hadn't seen before. At the beginning, while she thought at an object and started to describe it, she was looking at it, so it was very easy to guess. Also she used for a few times as a feature "beautiful". I explained to her that it is not a good criteria because people see things differently, not everything that it is beautiful to her is beautiful to others. I have noticed that she uses frequently aspects related to size, shape, color and it has difficulties when it comes about the material (wood, glass, plastic, iron etc) even though she knows about them. We have to still practice.
Even if I had some trouble with comparison things, I will try to do it later with her, with another topic, not parks.
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