How to create learning from everyday moments: one simple formula
October 22, 2022
Want to know the formula for how to create learning from the everyday moments of life?
It’s called the Powerful Interactions Framework.
Because the daily interactions you have with your child are the foundation for all learning.
How to create learning from everyday moments
Small, everyday moments provide opportunities for the most powerful learning in your child’s life. These normal, seemingly mundane things teach life skills and academics alike. The key to these moments turning into a powerful learning experience is how you respond in the moment. The formula for creating learning out of small and simple moments is called the Powerful Interactions Framework. This formula has three simple steps:
Reminder: I said simple, not necessarily easy steps.
So let’s break this down.
Step #1: Be present
In order for you to create rich learning from an experience, you need to be there both physically and mentally.
“Fully being with your child, wanting nothing, is quality time.”
The first part of this is physically being with your kids. Bringing them with you, and letting them be a part of your life. This looks like kids sitting on the counter while you make breakfast, a line of work boots by the back door, or taking 3x as long to clean up the living room because you have some helping hands. A lot of the time, we don’t have a choice but to have our kids with us all the time. Which is amazing- especially when you can set yourself up for success with your mindset.
The second part of this is being mentally present. This one is the hardest one for me! But I think that being present is a skill that can be built, like a muscle. These are the things I have been practicing to build the skill of being present:
Turning on a timer for 5 minutes and not looking at my phone for that time. Then building my phone free time from there.
The beautiful thing about being the mom is you get to evaluate each situation and determine the best strategy for extending learning at that moment. No one knows better than you what your child needs.
Learning doesn’t just happen at a desk or in a workbook. Learning is happening all around us, all the time. You have the power to magnify this learning, creating a truly magical childhood for your precious babies. This formula helps break down how to do this in three simple steps. Remember: presence, connection, and extending learning. Now you know how to create learning form everyday moments. You got this momma!