1) Using the microwave: My tot loves hitting the buttons on the microwave. When I’m heating food, I’ll read the number buttons with her and allow her to press the time and start button.
2) Counting before vacuuming: When she was smaller (around one year old), my daughter used to get startled when I turned on the vacuum cleaner. We started counting to three to prepare her for the noise of the motor. Now, at age 3, we’re counting to twenty every time we vacuum. (And if I forget to count, you better believe I’m given a stern reminder to so do!)
3) Checking the weather: I look at my weather app every morning on my cell phone. Of course, my child is intrigued (we all know kids love technology), so I showed her how to use the app. She’s learning early calendar skills and vocabulary words such as “today, tomorrow, and yesterday.” Using the app also naturally elicits discussion of what she should wear that day.
4) Baking: My tot likes to help me bake. I take time to tell her the names of ingredients. We also count as we add ingredients (such as eggs and cups of flour). When she gets older, baking will help her learn basic measurement skills.
5) Looking at our surroundings: When we’re out and about, I often draw my daughter’s attention to letters, numbers, shapes, or colors on signs, buildings, food packaging- anywhere!
Have you taken time for any teachable moments with your kids lately? What did you do?