There’s a special time between when I get home and Charlotte’s bedtime.
In that time, I find that walls are useful things.
In one room of our house, we have a world map, a US map and a poster of different kinds of birds. A bedtime ritual I have done recently with Charlotte is to play some games with the map. I’m impressed at how much she remembers from the night before.
(free public domain image from http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Map_of_USA_with_state_names.svg)
It goes like this…
“I’m thinking of a yellow state that begins with A and ends with A”.
“What state is “hi” in the middle and round on both ends?” (thanks, Elmer Fudd)
“What state borders the most other states?”
“What states have panhandles?”
… and then I turn the tables and tell her to ask me some questions. And I get things like:
“Daddy, what state looks like a mitten?”
“…what state is married to Mr. Ippi?”
“…what state would be a spice if you added an O on the end?”
“…what state has the best vision?”
Priceless learning, and good fun.