Teachable moment: On the way to camp, D pointed and said, “Bicycle.” However, she was pointing at a motorcycle.
I took this opportunity to talk with her about how bicycles and motorcycles are alike
- they both have two wheels
- you should wear a helmet when you ride on either of them
and how they are different
- a motorcycle has a motor, but a bicycle has pedals
- a motorcycle can go faster than a bicycle
Next I suggested that we count how many bicycles and motorcycles we see on the way to camp. This was an easy opportunity to make a math connection and keep her engaged (AKA not bored). She was determined to find some! She was so excited when she saw the next object of our search. It was a bicycle. She shouted, “Look! Bicycle!” and labeled it correctly.
When we were almost to our destination, we saw a landscaping truck with lots of equipment on it. She proudly announced, “Motortruck!” We’ll tackle that on a different day.