Involve your child in Thanksgiving preparations and discover all the teachable moments to be had.
Turkey time is right around the corner. How will you keep your little ones occupied while you prepare your family’s feast? Hand them off to a relative? Nice try. There’s a bounty of teachable moments to be seized while shopping for and preparing this year’s feast. So loosen up on the reins and let your child join in the fun.
I know what you’re thinking, “I can do everything faster myself." While this may be true, your child would miss out on learning opportunities as well as quality time spent with you. And that’s really what the holidays are about, am I right?
Here are a few teachable moments to take advantage of the holiday.
While you’re grabbing groceries off the shelf, engage your child by asking them questions on topics they are learning in school: alphabet and math questions are a great focus. Some examples:
Invite your child into the kitchen and set aside a special place where they are out of harm’s way, but still included. Kids can help by scooping and measuring with plastic cups, or snapping the green beans. Keeping it tactile and hands-on will not only keep your youngster engaged, it will also provide them with a deeper understanding of what they are doing.
Let your child count out how many forks and spoons will be needed, and place one for each guest.
I hope you and your family have a happy and restful Thanksgiving with lots of turkey and of course some learning on the side!