One of our summer highlights is getting the family pass to the zoo. It is especially exciting this year, as the zoo has been closed for the past 2 years due to serious flooding issues. Now that it has re-opened, the animals are slowly being brought back from zoos across the country that were temporarily housing them. It’s exciting to go every week or two to see which animals are home again! Today, the lemurs and gibbons were back.
Curly had a great time watching the lemurs, and then we had to go see her favorite – the Bobcat.
The zoo is not only a family favorite, but it’s a great place to take advantage of ‘teachable moments’. Those are the moments when your kid is focused on something and will happily listen to you teach them a tidbit. If you pay attention, there are numerous opportunities throughout the day to pounce on your young one’s curiosity and teach them something. The things they learn in those moments are the ones that seem to really sink into their super duper little brains!
For instance, my daughter knows the names of several different kinds of fish at the pet store. “Mom, let’s go see the Oscars!!” It’s something she’s interested in, so instead of saying “Look at the fishies!”, I say “Look at the Oscars! They can grow really big.”
Really, you can’t count those moments as preschool. That’s just parenting. I admit I enjoy all these opportunities I have to have fun now that I’m a parent – without Curly, I would never get a season pass to the zoo!
Tea I’m drinking today: Dragonwell from Silk Road Teas, iced