We originally got a white board to start teaching our 3 year old his ABCs. The plan was to have a letter of the week with pictures and words representing each letter. The board hangs in the kitchen where our kiddo can see it while he eats in his high chair, walks in the kitchen, or plays in the living room. Any time we change the board, our little guy is excited and interested to learn and talk about what he sees.
We've also drawn faces to help describe different emotions: happy, sad, mad, surprised... And explained different scenarios when these emotions might occur.
We've drawn shapes and numbers: triangle, square, circle, rectangle, and 0-20. It has been a great way to introduce new things, and helps us practice what we have already learned.
In October, our 3 year old became very sick. First, a stomach virus, then a cold, then bronchitis, then an ear infection. Of course we went to the pediatrician for these illnesses and received a lot of prescriptions. He had cough syrup, pain medicine, breathing therapy, antibiotics, and a steroid. I wrote down all his medications, what they treated, how often he needed them, when he last took a medication, and when he could take it again.
For medications that were given twice daily for a specified number of days, I wrote the dates across the board, and then am and pm below each date. Then we crossed out each am and pm as it was given. This board gave us a quick and easy way for me and my husband to see if our little guy was due medicine, or if he was alright for the next few hours.
Then, the rest of the household got sick, so, we also kept track of when we took medication, as well as, the boys. It made life a lot easier to have a place to keep track of everyone's medicine in one spot that could easily be updated and referenced. If I needed to give a medication, but my kiddo was not available: taking a bath, taking a nap. I wrote it in the circle to remind myself what medication I needed to give when he was available or woke up.
So, if you are finding yourself in need of a surface where you can easily help your little one's learn, to help keep up with lists, medication, or whatever your busy family needs, I recommend getting a white board for your home.
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