The three kids are seven-, five- and four-years-old (entering second, kindergarten and preschool this fall) and love to learn. They all have things they struggle in and things they excel in and my parents are working hard to help them excel even more.
Since my niece and nephew are at my parents daily (in the mornings) they get to play "school" all the time. C works on learning her letters and number. L reads outloud to Papaw and is working his math too. And when Mamaw is home (she also works part-time at the public library) she does the same work with them. LeeAnn is so jealous that they get to play school so often (she only goes in the afternoon for an hour or two) so this evening we went over so she could show me what she was able to do this afternoon.
Enter pudding. Yep. Plain ol' pudding is used at my parent's house as a teaching device. And LeeAnn LOVES it.
The time that my parents have spent working with other kids is amazing. The fact that they are spending multiple hours per day helping their grandkids is even more amazing. My dad often teases me during the summer that he's just going to lay around and read a book while I work (because I work year-round). This summer though, between teaching the kids and carting them around to various swim lessons and library classes, I'm not sure he (or my mom) have had any time to read just for the joy of it. And I had to share these because I thought they were fun, easy and cheap ways to maybe show your kids another way to learn.