Will Do Math for Dessert
May 11, 2007
Last night a friend and I were out walking, and she mentioned a little trick she’s used to teach her kids their letters and numbers.
When dinner is over, they don’t get up from the table. Instead, my friend gets out the flashcards (she doesn’t like the boring flashcards, so she has Barbie flashcards for her daughter), and she quizzes the kids on numbers and letters and things like that. For every card they get right, they get a certain amount of dessert — one Skittle per card or one milisecond of chocolate sauce on the ice cream, etc.
I thought this was a great routine. I know one of her children is not yet in school but is reading a little. So I may have to try this trick with C2 (Child Two) who knows her letters and numbers but can’t identify them by sight. And it gives the kids a motivation for the dessert they’ll probably end up eating anyway.
This is exactly the kind of tips I’m looking for, little routines that make something work fast and work well in your life, whether they have to do with laundry, housework, bills, relationship, education. You name it, I’d like to hear it.
And yes, there’s a prize on the line! A gift card to The Container Store where I could spend about as much time as I can in a bookstore (which is all day).
So email your unique routines to me at sallybradleywrites AT gmail DOT com. I’ll start posting them in June and will announce the winner some time during the month.