April 15, 2012

Reminding Myself to Teach in the Moment

Like many of you, this past General Conference was a great source of peace and comfort for me. It is awesome that our leaders value learning and education so highly. The words spoken by Sister Cheryl A Esplin from the Primary General Presidency especially resonated within me for this very reason.
"Sometimes the most powerful way to teach our children to understand a doctrine is to teach in the context of what they are experiencing right at that moment. These moments are spontaneous and unplanned and happen in the normal flow of family life. They come and go quickly, so we need to be alert and recognize a teaching moment when our children come to us"
If you go back and read the print version of Sister Esplin's talk on LDS.org, you will find that she inserted two resources within the text for further study. They are found in Teaching, No Greater Call (pages 140-141) and in the Marriage and Family Relations Instructor's Manual (page 61). I would suggest going through and reading those as well, as they are filled with some really great ideas (including nature study- my favorite!). When talking about the unplanned teaching moments, Teaching, No Greater Call further says,
"These opportunities can be powerful teaching moments because they are closely tied to what your children are experiencing. Because such opportunities may come and go quickly, you need to recognize them and be prepared to teach principles that your children are ready to learn."
These were concepts that I already knew and try to practice, but it was a great reminder to me of the importance of this type of teaching, in both gospel learning and our other homeschool studies as well.

Be ready to teach when they are ready to learn.

I should write this on my bathroom mirror. It's a brilliant reminder.

Kristen and her family of 5 love to live and learn in the moment. Sometimes they even blog about it over at Mundo Classroom.

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Dana ♥ said...

So true! Is there such a thing as too many quotes on the bathroom mirror or home? (heehee) I think not! I loved this talk. Thanks.