What We Are Learning in the Elevator
We have not had a ton of time for our homeschool group times lately. I could stress about this because I know that this means our more "structured learning" opportunities are getting missed. Instead I am choosing to see the learning that is happening and it amazes me.
I have had more doctor appointments than is normal, even for me, lately and they have been tagging along. Sure this means they spend time on their Kindles while I chat with the doctors, but it means other things too.
One of their favorite parts about going to my main doctor is the elevator. Between the parking lot and the office building we get to ride the elevator 4 times minimum per trip. More if they send me off for labs and tests. This is exciting stuff. And before you go thinking what can they possibly be learning in an elevator, let me tell you; A lot.
1. Recognizing Numbers and Letters
The parking structure has letters A-G and the building has numbers 1-5. My kids have those mastered those in the past year from practical use. They call out the letters as we drive through the structure, help me remember where we parked, and then find the letter to push in the elevator. In the building, they are practicing number recognition.
2. Elevator Ettiquette
You wait for people to get off first. You make space for people getting on and off. You can politely ask what floor someone else needs and they might let you push the button for them. These are some of the life skills learned in an elevator.
3. Appropriate Time for Questions
This is a medical building we are visiting and not the sunshine and rainbow pediatric or dentistry type of medical. They see stuff. We are working on how and when to ask questions. Shouting "Hey Mom! Why does that big lady has a PICC line just like you!?" makes some people uncomfortable. It is not the appropriate way or time to share information or ask questions. Quietly asking mom questions in the waiting room when we get off is one hundred percent okay.
4. Taking Turns
Taking turns pushing buttons. Waiting in line behind other people to get on and off. Simple social skills that they are practicing each time we step on an elevator.
Obviously, I'm looking forward to life settling down a little and returning to our normal schedule, but for now I'm choosing to see the positive, choosing to see how learning can occur anywhere, choosing to see the learning that happens on an adventure - even one to the doctor office.
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