Thursday, November 11, 2021

Watching Kids Play

 I love many aspects of my job and business, hich is why I'm still at it nearly eleven years later. One of my favorite things is to simply observe the children playing. I spend 95% of my days doing this because that way I can help them talk through/use their words with problems that arise, correct them quickly if I see anything that may be unsafe or hurt another, and simply observing their behaviors in general helps me know how they learn, which helps them to listen to directions. On this particular day, I watched a three year old and a two and a half year old play with play phones. These play phones are conveted at daycare because they're old cell phones, so they look real to the kids. 

These two kiddos play great together. They're in the same stages, play much the same way, and their communication abilities are on par with one another. So you can imagine how much I had to stifle my laughter as I watched this play out:

"Hello!? Hello? Can you hear me?"

"Hello? I'm here! Can you hear me??" Child changes positions. "Can  you hear me now?"

"I can't hear you very well. Can you hear me? I'm here. Don't hang up!"

"Can you hear me? NOW can you hear me? Hello? Hello? I'm here!"

This continued on for a good ten minutes, all while they stood next to each other, shouting into their play phones. I felt like I was stuck in a Verizon commercial! Scenes like this are one of the many things that make this job worth it to me. Plus, it's easy entertainment.