Unexpected Learning


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A couple months ago, my husband and I started to put our baby on more of a schedule. We planned out times for her feedings and her naps with hopes that the structure would help her sleep better in the evenings.

We wrote the schedule on a whiteboard. The permanent schedule is in blue and we add the adjusted times in red. For example, if the baby is up at 6:30 am instead of 7:00 we record the modified time on the schedule.

The other day I was preparing the baby’s breakfast in the kitchen when my daughter asked me what time the baby woke up. I responded that she was up at 7:00. We proceeded with our routine and shortly after laying my baby down for her morning nap, I discovered this:

Children always surprise me. They are often capable of so much more than we expect of them. When we don’t try to force “teaching” and we incorporate learning opportunities through everyday experiences, it is amazing as to how much they learn and grow!
Moreover, learning comes naturally for young children. They are learning from the moment they take their first breath in this world. They learn by exploring and interacting with their environment. Hands-on, “real”, experiences often have more impact than worksheets or memorization.   
So now my daughter is in charge of the schedule. She enjoys writing on the whiteboard and I enjoy watching her delight in this simple, yet effective learning opportunity. 
I truly did not expect something as mundane as a whiteboard schedule to turn into something so magical.


Thank you to Sofia from Sofia’s Ideas for inviting me to participate in this blog posting link-up.

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Jennifer Bly
Author of My Kitchen, My Classroom: An Introduction to Homeschool, creator of The Deliberate Mom, Deliberate Homeschooling and regular contributor to The Huffington Post. Jennifer writes about parenting, her faith, and life with her husband and two girls. Jennifer has a Bachelor of Applied Human Service Administration Degree with a specialization in Early Learning in Child Care. 
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