Easy step-by-step guide
1.Listen to the video guides.
The video introduction is meant for both of you explaining what you can expect. The second video is meant for the care partner to access various adaptations you can use to navigate cognitive impairment and abilities. I’ll talk you through why this activity is so valuable and how you can adapt it to meet your abilities and interests.
2.Print out the sheets.
This week you’ll find the printable linked together in one downloadable .pdf document, so printing should be easy. There are six sheets. You can use one each day, batch them together to match your attention span.
3.Work side by side.
Set aside some time to review the sheets together. Warm up with the first five sayings, play with the way you read it aloud, many have a cadence or rhythm that’s fun. Make eye contact. If you’re both enjoying them, read one sheet and then stop. Pick up sheet two the next day and so on.
4.Anticipate the endings.
For many of these sayings, you’ll both know the endings. If this is the case, insert a slight pause as you’re reading to see if the ending is provided for you. This will not be the case for all of them, because some are more familiar than others. But enjoy and celebrate when you can work together.
5.Take turns reading the sayings.
If you’re both reading the sayings, take another sheet of paper and fold it in half. Use it to highlight a saying while hiding the ones below it. Take turns reading the sayings and advancing the paper guide.
6. Change host reader.
If reading is a strength, take this activity into another. Change reading host role and use them for discussion while cooking, gardening or another activity that might benefit from engaging dialogue.
7. Investigate the proverbs’ origins.
Research the sayings’ origins for discussion. Most have interesting histories. For example, “Measure thrice, cut once.”