Wednesday, March 2, 2011
the grocery store is a perfect learning tool
Yesterday we headed to our local grocery store- it truly was the highlight of Little Miss L.'s day. She loved pointing out and naming the fruits and vegetables. The grocery store is a great place to allow her to explore her senses and to be hands on. She loved smelling the fresh fruit and practiced her hand-eye coordination by putting the fruits and vegetables into the bag. I know that as Little Miss L. progresses, she will be able to handle larger tasks such as preparing a grocery list or spelling out words she sees around the store, but until then, I will remember the big smile that comes across her face as she points to an apple and says the word correctly.
So, from one parent to another, today I thought I would post this little note about how much I enjoyed slowing down and taking a minute to actively include my child in everyday tasks such as shopping, cleaning, cooking, and gardening to name just a few. There are so many products/tools out there to help promote child participation such as child-sized shopping carts for the store, and miniature gardening tools allow children to feel comfortable and are easy to operate. Everyday can be a full day of learning opportunities - so it is our duty to take advantage of these situations because children love adult responses and feedback. I would love to hear what you and your little ones have been up to!