Whether you realize it or not, you are always teaching your child. Scary, huh? Your child is watching you all the time and learning from you every day! Education degree or not, there are so many simple activities you can do, on an everyday basis, to offer your child an enriching day at home. From simply reading aloud to your child before rest time and at bed time, pointing out pictures, acting out the stories, to going on nature walks and finding all different types of leaves or flowers you can count and sort.
Other everyday activities could be going to the grocery store with a picture list so your child can help you find what you are looking for. While you are rolling through the aisles, trying to keep your busy child entertained, point out the colors you see, what foods are vegetables vs. fruits and then count how many items you collected. Later, when they are ready, you can teach them money concepts. Another activity is when you are cooking, let your child help you measure dry and liquid ingredients. Talk about the steps to the baking process. Then, when they get all ooey gooey, let them play in the bath tub. This is another everyday learning opportunity where they can learn the basic concepts like whether something sinks or floats, and volume of different objects.
Things to Remember: Consciously or subconsciously, we are always acting as our child’s teacher.