Left Arm, Right Arm

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.


5 thoughts on “Left Arm, Right Arm

  1. Pingback: Three Toddler Tales | The Yummy Mummy Train

  2. Good tips. I do the same for my kiddos and I feel like I explain a lot more than others might…maybe it’s the teacher part of me. If I say “no” I give a reason why. If I say we’re going to the zoo, I ask what animals they think we will see…never a quiet moment at our house! Great blog! Visiting from mommy prep school 🙂

  3. Hi Amber!
    Thank you for your comment! I’m glad you found my post helpful 🙂 It sounds like you have some great ideas also! I just followed your blog! I look forward to reading your stories!

  4. What simple but great ideas I’m going to start this with my two. I do this when putting on shoes (left shoe right shoe). We look at road signs and look for numbers that he recognises

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