Every moment is a teaching/learning opportunity with a child. When you are with a child the majority of the day it is up to you to take these opportunities and teach. A child’s mind is like a sponge, they will absorb everything (with repetition).
I take J on many outings during the day in my car and I take this as a learning opportunity for her.
1. When I put her in her car seat I always say “please put in your left arm, please put in your right arm.” I do this every time I put her in her car seat to familiarize the difference between left and right.
2. I give her picture books to look through while I am driving. This will help develop her book handling skills (the proper way to open and hold a book). Whenever I hand her the book I hold it to her in the correct direction and show her which way to turn the page. Here is a great article I found called early literacy focusing on children aged 0-3. I think you may enjoy reading it. http://www.zerotothree.org/child-development/early-language-literacy/earlyliteracy2pagehandout.pdf
3. Finally, I put a children’s cd on in the car. I make sure the songs are learning songs. As J gets older and hears these songs every day in the car she will become familiar with the songs/words and they will help reinforce her learning of numbers, colors, letters, etc. I recommend the cd called “102 Full-length Children Songs” by Twin Sisters.
I would love to hear any techniques you use to stimulate a child’s mind throughout the day… please tell me your suggestions.