TA K E H O M E
WHERE I LIVE
Young children need to know their name, address, and phone
number. Your family may live in a house or an apartment, in a
shelter, on a campground, or in some other dwelling. Explain
to your child that the word address means where your home
is located. If your family is living in a temporary shelter, con-
sider teaching your child the name and address of a trusted
friend or relative. Your child may find it easier to learn an ad-
dress and phone number if he or she sings or chants it. Help
your child practice saying, singing, or chanting this information in
the car, at bedtime, or during meals.
Help your child recognize that your home is part of a larger neigh-
borhood. Walk with your child to a nearby location, and read the street
signs, store signs, building names, and addresses on the way. Let your child
be the leader on the way home, and encourage her or him to identify from
memory the streets, buildings, and stores along the way.
MAKE A MAP
Help children understand how a map is used. You might start by making a map of the
inside of your home. Your child can create or follow lines from your entrance to places in
You may want to walk with your children to a significant spot, such as a playground, a
school, or a neighbor’s house. When you return home, assist your child in drawing a map
to guide him or her to the spot and back home using pictures and lines. You may have to
make the journey several times before the map is complete.
16 From Community and Environment by Connie Jo Smith, Charlotte M. Hendricks, and Becky S. Bennett,
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