One Example of Using Scripting for Engagement

I wrote a post about what scripting looks like in our house, but I was dissatisfied because it didn’t have enough specific examples. I would like to tell the story of Lady Bug, Little Einsteins, and Scripting.

Mid-January we finally made the drive to ToysRUs to let the kids spend their Christmas money. Lady Bug latched on to a set of animal toys and luckily, they were 30% off. So we were able to get a big multi-kit with dinosaurs, wild animals, farm animals, and ocean animals. When she was handed the shark after opening the box, Lady Bug started scripting “Hurry Rocket, hide by the red coral!” /hums shark music/ “The shark didn’t see us!” After repeating that for a while she remembered more of the scene and added “Can you find something red in the ocean?” /pauses/ “Yeah, that red coral!” I joined in with her and would say part of the script and have her respond with the next part. We hummed the shark’s music as we played with toy sharks. Lady Bug rubbed the pink toy coral that came with the animal toys on her face and visually stimmed with it. It was lovely.

Thanks to my extensive knowledge of Little Einsteins I knew which scene she was thinking of, was able to guess which episode. (I was wrong with my first guess, but right the second time.) While she was sleeping that night funneled some stress energy I was having into making an ocean playscape “built” on a Montessori tray base. I included in the backdrop laminated and cut out screenshots of Rocket camouflaging with the red coral. In the morning when she saw it she got a big grin on her face and immediately started scripting the scene again. Success!

But that still wasn’t enough for me because I was still stressed about something (unrelated) and I had more creative energy to spend. So I took some wood bases from a previous project and some pipe-cleaners and hot glue and my printer and laminator again and I made yellow and red coral and a laminated double sided yellow angel fish and a Rocket so that we could act out the scene she was scripting. (At the time of the picture, the laminated Rocket could not be found.) Now we could not just play with the words, but act it out together while saying those words. I played the episode on the computer with the captions to write down the lines, which are as follows.

*shark music*
Uh oh, that sounds like…the shark!
Look! The yellow angel fish is hiding in that yellow coral. She’s camouflaging herself.
Angel fish, brilliant idea!
We need to find a place where rocket can be camouflaged, too.
What color is Rocket?
Red. Right!
Can you find something red in the ocean?
Yeah! That red coral!
Hurry Rocket; hide by the red coral.
*shark music*
The shark didn’t see us!

Now, this is a more extreme example of engaging with scripting, I will grant you. No, I do not do this with everything she scripts with. But you know those themed joint activities I do? Those are based on what the main focus of what she’s scripting and the episodes or dvds she’s requesting. A much smaller example of this would be the Hello, Cello episode. Lady Bug was scripting from that episode a few days after the coral days. I found a picture of a cello online, printed out a bigger and smaller version of it, cut and laminated and voila! Mama and Baby Cello to act out and play together with.

I’ve also written about other times I’ve used screenshots as hands on learning opportunities here.

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