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The Bus Is Here, The Bus Is There, The Bus Can Take Us Anywhere

A role-playing activity for baby and caregiver using a book about a city bus ride.

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Caregiver: you are the bus driver!

Get ready to pick up your child at the bus stop!


Beep beep beep! Here I come!

Driving together through familiar places,

Let’s learn and sing with smiling faces!


When I say, "Jump!" You Jump, too!

Let’s both clap, four hands are better than two.


Bus

Whooooosh whoosh go the doors!

Jump jump, jump onboard

Are you ready to explore?


Together let’s sing, “vámonos, vámonos a la próxima parada!”


Clap clap clap your hands

Hands and feet

In your seat!

The bus is moving, beep beep beep!


Park

Bounce! Bounce! go the balls

Wham! Bam! against the walls


“Hoorah! Hoorah!” yell the bleachers

Look at all those colorful sneakers


Market

Vámonos vámonos a la siguiente parada!

Yummmmy, do you smell an empanada?


Where's your nose?

do you smell what grows?

Sunflowers, daisies, even a rose!


Plantains, beans, breads, how yummy

What’s your favorite for your tummy?


School

Parada parada

No dejan nada


Wave your hands up and down,

see the children run around


Weeeee! Yippppy! Free as a bee!


Vámonos vámonos a la siguiente parada!


Downtown

Vroom! Vroom! trucks and trains

Ring! Ring! bikes crossing lanes


Past the barber

Past the church

People walking must go first!


Vámonos vámonos a la siguiente parada!


Home

Push for Stop, Ding! Ding!

Do you have all your things?


Look who's home, toodaloo,

thanks for riding,

see you soon!


Map

Bus driver, what was your favorite place?

Niño, ¿cuál era tu lugar favorito en la ciudad?

Describe the intended vision for your early childhood book manuscript in 1-2 sentences

Our vision is a story that that fosters communication between caregiver and child by encouraging role playing behavior, using a colorful rendition of neighborhood communities and cultures.

Share your suggested book title

The Bus Is Here, The Bus Is There, The Bus Can Take Us Anywhere

PLEASE USE THE VERSION OF THIS QUESTION AT THE TOP OF THE SUBMISSION FORM: Share a draft of your manuscript (250 word limit, not including title).

Caregiver: you are the bus driver! Get ready to pick up your child at the bus stop! Beep beep beep! Here I come! Driving together through familiar places, Let’s learn and sing with smiling faces! When I say, "Jump!" You Jump, too! Let’s both clap, four hands are better than two. Bus: Whooooosh whoosh go the doors! Jump jump, jump onboard Are you ready to explore? Together let’s sing, “vámonos, vámonos a la próxima parada!” Clap clap clap your hands Hands and feet In your seat! The bus is moving, beep beep beep! Park: Bounce! Bounce! go the balls Wham! Bam! against the walls “Hoorah! Hoorah!” yell the bleachers Look at all those colorful sneakers Market: Vámonos vámonos a la siguiente parada! Yummmmy, do you smell an empanada? Where's your nose? do you smell what grows? Sunflowers, daisies, even a rose! Plantains, beans, breads, how yummy What’s your favorite for your tummy? School: Parada parada No dejan nada Wave your hands up and down, see the children run around Weeeee! Yippppy! Free as a bee! Vámonos vámonos a la siguiente parada! Downtown: Vroom! Vroom! trucks and trains Ring! Ring! bikes crossing lanes Past the barber Past the church People walking must go first! Vámonos vámonos a la siguiente parada! Home: Push for Stop, Ding! Ding! Do you have all your things? Look who's home, toodaloo, thanks for riding, see you soon! Map: Bus driver, what was your favorite place? Niño, ¿cuál era tu lugar favorito en la ciudad?

How has this book been informed by early childhood language development research and evidence? (response minimum 250 Characters)

We coupled role-playing with interactions that have been outlined by the Rollins Center for Language Development to promote caregiver-child engagement – such as repetition, questions and answers, gestures, and reflection. We referred to the CDC early childhood development milestones inform what interactions would be appropriate. By encouraging talk using sounds, noises, hand movements, we encourage communication and engagement in addition to regular reading habits. Pretend play is appropriate starting at 18 months and children benefit from play earlier. Even when it's unintuitive for caregivers to “speak” to baby, we can prompt play by including silly words and sound effects throughout the manuscript. Resources like Reading Rockets and the CDC say that children from multilingual homes are not at a disadvantage. For such children and their caregivers, it is okay to engage in the primary language(s) spoken in the home, so we incorporated bilingual dialogue to normalize that.

Please describe any familiarity you may have with Philadelphia and its residents? (optional question)

The authors work at a urban safety-net hospital, with specific experience using human-centered design with new mothers and families and a bilingual and immigrant population, and have drawn upon similarities in their understanding of the urban experience to Philadelphia in composing this work.

How have you crafted this manuscript to resonate with and/or reflect the experiences of those living in urban contexts? (optional question)

We chose to focus on a story about taking public transit to depict a ubiquitous experience in an urban area, allowing readers to take a tour of familiar city places. This was done intentionally, as to not abstract too far away from the everyday experience of living in an urban context. By focusing on facilitation of a role-playing activity, rather than a specific storyline with specific family member characters, any family member or caregiver can "step into the role" of the bus driver, allowing for families with diverse makeups to be able to relate to the story.

Location: Country

USA

Location: State or Department

California

Location: City

San Francisco

Website URL (optional question)

http://thebetterlab.org

Tell us more about you / your team

We are researchers at an urban safety-net hospital, with specific experience using human-centered design and working with new mothers and families. Our lab has partnered with hospital-based initiatives to understand and improve the experience for families in San Francisco, using a human-centered research and design process. The Better Lab is a multidisciplinary research and design lab at ZSFG that combines principles of human-centered design, quality improvement and implementation sciences to develop, implement and evaluate interventions to solve pressing issues facing our patient population. We start with our users – patients, providers, caregivers, healthcare professionals – to understand their everyday lives as we work together to identify stubborn health problems, uncover unmet needs, prototype possible solutions and iterate quickly to see what works. The authors are: Benjamin Alpers, Andrea Araujo, Dr. Amanda Sammann

Provide an example visual identity for a look and feel you might like to achieve. ( (optional question, 3-5 visuals)

We're inspired by the work of Sebastian Curi, as well as Seb Agresti, for their dynamic and colorful illustrations – they are action-oriented and exciting, but simple enough to convey a single idea at once, to promote one interaction at a time between caregiver and child.

Multiple Choice - Have you been previously published (online, self-published, and print included)?

  • No

Do you have an agent?

  • No

How did you hear about the Challenge? (optional question)

  • OpenIDEO announcement email
  • Direct email invitation

What best describes you? (optional question)

  • I am/we are a formal part of a University or Research Institution
  • I am/we are a formal part of a University or Research Institution

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Little ones always love a lot of sounds while listening to a story.
I love your interactive role-playing thoughts.

Thank you for sharing.

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