Vacations are HUGE language opportunities, as kids are exposed to new vocabulary and experiences. I was hoping to find some children's books on various Pittsburgh landmarks, but came up empty handed. I wanted to give them some familiarity with the sights we would see, so I have been creating some "at-home" activities related to places in Pittsburgh.
Today, we rode our bikes on roads with places we will visit- the Duquesne Incline, Carnegie Science Center, zoo, and children's museum. I have been talking about the submarine at the science center, the polar bears at the zoo, and riding to the top of Mount Washington. It's a great learning experience, and truthfully, I love hearing "Duquesne Incline" come out of Nolan's mouth (Dukang Incwime).
Matt was really into the idea of pretending we were in Pittsburgh. I could have saved a lot of money on the actual trip, since he's pretty convinced he's already ridden the Incline!
Of course, both boys were frustrated because there was "no place to park." I'm pretty sure that will be the case in the actual city, too!