How to use this strength?

After a brief flirtation with Chuggington, Monkey is, once again, obsessed with the Penguins of Madagascar.   This makes me very happy because those pen-gu-ins1 are hysterical.  Duhdee and I quote them.  A lot.

Monkey also quotes them.  A lot.  Right now his favorite episode is “Hard Boiled Eggy.”  We hear a lot of “Mort!” and “My eyes!”  Personally, I can’t wait for him to break out the “I want to fight some Ninjas in a chain saw factory!” 

We’ve all heard about turning the child’s interests into a strength, that we should find ways to incorporate their interests into educational opportunities.  Here’s the problem…I’m not that smaht.  OK, I am that smart, I’m just not that CREATIVE. 

I’d love to hear ways people have used this sort of thing to create learning opportunities.  Right now I’m just grateful for all the vocabulary he’s learning but it would be nice to find ways to use it for other things too.  Exactly “what” those other things are is my problem and so I throw it at the feet of my internet peeps and hope ya’ll are more creative than I. 

Not that thatis such a great feat, lol.

  1. in my best Dr. Blowhole voice []

4 thoughts on “How to use this strength?

  • August 31, 2010 at 3:08 pm
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    I printed out pictures of Dora, Diego, and the Wiggles, laminated them, cut them into pieces, and have the boys put them together like a puzzle. Lasts longer if you cut, and them laminate. Found that out the hard way.
    Bonnie´s last blog post ..Yes- You Came to the Right Place

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    • September 1, 2010 at 8:57 am
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      That’s a good one! I thought of doing a memory game too.

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  • September 6, 2010 at 8:58 pm
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    Mostly I have used his shows to initiate play schemes because Punkin has no clue how to play with toys otherwise. We recreate scenes from his shows and he loves it. Through that we can work on other skills such as turn-taking, language, asking for more, etc.
    theotherlion´s last blog post ..my guy

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  • September 7, 2010 at 12:35 pm
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    I can’t remember whose blog it was on, but someone had turned the captioning on to help her son learn sight words (although I think it caused an issue when it stopped working or when there were shows that did no have captioning or something). I like the idea about skill building by copying scenes from the shows, although I’m not sure there are behaviors from Wubzy (he esp loves the Wub Idol episode) that we need to emphasize!

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