Teachable moments can be intentional: Why and how to stage one for your child.
Written by Shalom Kamau
Why carry out a planned teachable moment?
Seizing spontaneous teachable moments isn’t always easy. One, they are fleeting, and it takes practice to identify and seize them. Even then, you might miss some. Rather than leaving things to chance, waiting for the perfect opportunity to teach your child about something, you can create the opportunity yourself. Unlike spontaneous ones these moments are not fleeting.
Creating such moments allows you to address specific issues and pass important information immediately rather than waiting for a relevant teachable moment to occur. The easiest and best way to create such a moment is by explaining the ‘why’ behind an answer.
How to plan an intentional teachable moment
Step 1: Decide on what you want your child to learn. An excellent place to start is by thinking of questions they have been asking or something you observed.
Step 2: Gather your materials. Figuring out how to teach a lesson that your child can understand can be hard. That’s where Unstationary comes in. If you need help talking about a particular topic, Unstationary has free and crafty teachable moment activities that you can use.
Step 3: Tell your child about the special lesson you have planned.
Step 4: Create a distraction-free zone for your lesion. If possible, make a special drink or snacks.
Step 5: Share the lesson. Make it enjoyable, so they look forward to future ones. Here’s a simple activity you can try to teach your child about flexibility.
Palm tree paper-craft to teach flexibility
You will need:
- Cardstock paper, different colors
Alternatively, you could get the Palm Tree Paper-craft Teachable Activity set from us. It includes pre-cut pieces that your child can easily assemble and create a palm tree.
- Fold one sheet of manila paper and cut it in half. Cut one half of the paper into strips; this will make the stem of your palm tree. You will need about six pieces.
- Glue the ends together to create a conical shape this way; you can easily stack the pieces on each other to create the tree trunk.
- Next, cut out some palm leaves in different sizes. You can use different colored paper to create multicolored leaves. Glue the leaves onto the top of the trunk.
- You can make a planter for your tree to stand in. Simply cut a strip of paper and create a cylinder with it. Cut a circle that has a wider diameter than the cylinder. This will be your planter bottom.
- Glue the pieces together and add the palm tree.
A palm tree had deep roots and a strong tree trunk, so it is firmly rooted in the ground. If a strong gust of wind comes, the tree isn’t blown away; it just sways. The strong, flexible trunk keeps it from breaking, and the deep roots prevent it from getting blown away. After making the palm tree, you can ask your child the following questions:
- If you were in such a situation, what would your reaction be?
- Are you flexible like the palm tree?
- What can help you become more flexible in the face of challenging situations and keep you from being blown away?
These questions open an avenue for you to talk about flexibility, and the palm tree serves as a concrete model of how it works.