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Of Trucks and Toddlers

by Gumer Liston | December 18th, 2008 | Infants/Toddlers

TruckLittle children are fascinated with cars, trucks, and motor bikes. My little son loves motor vehicles, anything that has an engine and wheels surely will get his attention. Every time he sees a truck he’s filled with awe. The bigger a truck is and the more wheels it has, the more attractive it is to him. Every time we travel he is always on the lookout for trucks and cars. He has a comment for every truck or car that we encounter on the road. “Wow! A yellow truck with so many wheels,” he told me yesterday with eyes round with fascination for the big ten-wheeler truck that had just passed by.

As a parent, I do my best to discover the things that are of interest to my child and use them as springboard for his learning. A few months ago he was introduced to the idea of going to school because of a school bus that we saw picking up children. He asked me what kind of “truck” it was. I explained to him that it was not a truck but a bus. “A bus?” he asked? “Yes, a bus. It is different from a truck. A truck carries big and heavy things, whereas a bus carries people, like children who are going to school,” I told him.

Of course, that was the start of a long conversation between my three year old son and me about buses and schools and school children and teachers and books and everything good about going to school. He got excited about the idea of going to school and asked me if he can start schooling. I explained to him that it is too early for him to start schooling. “Maybe next year when you are already four years old you can start schooling,” I told him. He agreed with me, but the idea of going to school stayed with him for weeks.

If we use the things that interest our children to start a conversation or spend time together, we can show them that their interests are important to us. This helps make learning fun for both parent and children.

  1. iceah says:

    true c: starting from their interests it would make them interested on another subject too c: quick thinking, good job c:

  2. berryblitz says:

    Thanks for the tip! I can’t wait until my son starts to talk. I would love to have a “serious” conversation with him =)

  3. chubskulit says:

    everyday activities teaches kids to discover what they want to do.. I learned that from my kids, when I cook, they want to be around with me and help…

  4. joops says:

    that is true, you can also ask questions about anything, this make you recognized what aspect they are interested and what aren’t…

  5. pchi says:

    i agree! my nephew is not happy even when we give him expensive clothes. all he wants are cars (especially firetrucks)

    we do have serious talks about him going to school next year and we’ve already started teaching him the basics

    I think school buses are very convenient to both children and parents

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