Today for Talk Time, take a tour of your home. Whether you live in an apartment, a townhouse, your parent’s basement or your own home, take a moment to explain to your child all the things that can be found in your home. Let him or her have a chance to explore and to better understand his or her surroundings.
1. Walk through each room in your home. Point out the details like windows, cupboards, doors, shelves, beds, etc. Let your child touch things around the house like doorknobs and light switches. Show him or her the difference between hardwood floors and tile flooring (or whatever is found in your home). Explain what each room is used for and the daily happenings of each room. If you have a study, you could talk about what is found there. Maybe you work from home and use a computer. Or maybe, if you have a study, it is used as a quiet reading place or a place where your other kids (if you have any) do homework. Explain what you do in the kitchen, the family room, even closet space.
2. This would also be a good time to acknowledge things that your child should stay away from as well. Take this opportunity to make a mental note of things to child proof around your home. It would also probably be a good idea NOT to point out such things to your child. You don’t need to go into detail about things that could be harmful to your curious little tot to avoid them looking for dangers on their own that they would want to investigate.
3. Go to your favorite place in your home and explain to your child why it is your favorite. One of my favorite places growing up, for example, was a window seat that was in my room. I loved to sit and look out the window or read a book.
4. Take your child around the outside of the home. Where do you keep your car if you have one? Do you have pets outside? Where do you keep other things like a lawn mower? Do you have a garden? If so, show your child what you have in your garden.
5. Share with your child how you would imagine your dream house. Where would it be? What would it look like? How many rooms? Bathrooms? Would it have a fireplace? How big would the kitchen be? Where would the house be located? What decorations would it have?
Questions for your child:
1. What is your favorite room?
2. Do you like your room?
3. Where do we go to eat?
floor, window, steps, bed, cupboards, story, basement, upstairs, downstairs, railing, doorknob, storage, lights, lamps, chairs, sofa, TV, stereo, computer, sink, counter, pantry, closet, appliances, garbage can, boxes, wall fixtures, space, wall, kitchen, bedroom, master bedroom, walk-in closet, bathroom, tub, tile, hardwood, linoleum, plaster, paint, pictures, frames, table, carpet, oven, fireplace, garden, pathway, garage, shed, grass, fence, roof, porch, ceiling