Why are Saturday mornings perfect for catching ‘the teachable minute?’
Because kids’ brains are most ‘teachable’ in the mornings…most alert, receptive, and uncluttered.
Here are some ways you can use ‘the teachable minute,’ in between cartoons and video games, of course:)
1. Magnetic letters on the fridge are ‘teachers’…use them to show kids how words work. Examples: an/man/sand/stand or my/try/fly/dry or for/fort/form/forming/forms or other/mother/brother. Good teachers!
2. Call out verbal math equations. You say, “3 + 5” and child says, “8.” You say, “- 4” (child has to subtract 4 from 8). Child says, “4.” You say, “x 5. Child says “20.” So…you are simultaneously building thinking and listening skills.
Cool and fun!
3. Take kids to the car wash. Show them the tracks for the tires, the various robotic machines, and the different processes. Build vocabulary while they watch by naming everything you see. Oh, and no cell phones allowed in car washes! Precious teachable minutes thrive in the car wash!
Catch the power of Saturday mornings with kids! Hope these ideas are helpful.
More coming in my new book for new parents: The Teachable Minute: The Secret to Raising Smart and Appreciative Kids. Stay tuned!!