In our house, we’re not big on crafts. Or activities. Or big productions. But what we are big on? Teachable moments. Taking ordinary situations and events and turning them into a lesson.
I am a huge proponent of letting Abigail(and now Mabel too- can’t leave her out!) learn through play, through growing creativity through boredom, exploring the outdoors, reading books and books and more books, and through navigating life with me.
Obviously, there is a time and a place for curriculum and book learning- I’m certainly all for that at the proper age and time. But for now? At 5 years old we are all about….
Trips to the pet store to learn about animals, fish, birds, day 5 of Creation, and character building(when I wouldn’t let her bring home a pet bird….)
Rides in the car learning about traffic signs, rules of the road, lyrics on the radio, and billboards on the side of the road.
Trips to the grocery store where we learn about healthy food, meal planning, cost comparisons, saving money, how to pay, and character building(where we learn to obey in the store and use our manners while talking with our cashier).
And many, many other opportunities that are too numerous to list!
What are some of your favorite ways to incorporate teachable moments in with your kiddos?