The Teachable Minute: The Secret to Raising Smart & Appreciative Kids

The Teachable Minute: The Secret to Raising Smart & Appreciative Kids

by Connie Hebert

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The Teachable Minute: The Secret to Raising Smart & Appreciative Kids by Connie Hebert


What do we already know about kids?

ALL kids are naturally curious.
ALL kids want attention.

When we make time to Show, Ask, or Teach kids something, we help kids in two very important ways:

-We help them grow smarter. Consequently, they will know more and want to know more.
-We give them our time and undivided attention. Consequently, they will grow appreciative and grateful for our efforts, and connect with us more as parents.

The Teachable Minute raises one very important question in today’s fast-paced, technologically advanced world:

How can we strike a balance between engaging with devices and interacting with kids?

“As I considered the answer, I drew from my many years of experience as a mother of three children, experienced educator, and national literacy consultant. I’ve caught thousands, if not millions, of ‘teachable minutes’ with kids! What I know for sure is that when we make a conscious effort to capture ‘the teachable minute’ as often as possible, in a variety of settings, we help kids grow smarter and more appreciative.”
—from the book The Teachable Minute

The teachable minute is a golden opportunity to teach kids something, anywhere, FAST. It can be caught at any time, in common places where we all live and go. The teachable minute can appear in a car, at the mall, around the kitchen table, at the post office, in the yard, on a plane, in an elevator, at the beach, on the subway, in a rocking chair, at the park, in the bathtub, and anywhere else you can think of.

Dr. Connie Hebert is a nationally acclaimed teacher of teachers, author, motivational speaker, and mother. She wants all parents to experience the teachable minute—because when it’s gone, it’s gone. Catch it with your kids. The Teachable Minute shows you how!

For more information on how to capture the teachable minute with your kids, please visit: www.theteachableminute.com OR www.conniehebert.com

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781614484691
Publisher: Morgan James Publishing
Publication date: 10/08/2013
Pages: 204
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Dr. Connie Hebert is a national literacy consultant, author, university instructor, and motivational speaker for parents. As a Doctor of Education with a specialization in Educational Leadership, Hebert has dedicated over thirty years to catching kids, parents, and teachers by teaching, coaching, speaking, and writing! 

She is the author of Catch a Falling Reader, Catch a Falling Writer, Catch a Falling Teacher, and 4 sets of Sight Word Phrases. Dr. Connie’s career mission has taken her to 47 states and several countries where she has helped parents and teachers to ‘catch’ kids before it is too late. She is the proud mother of 3 amazing kids and 3 adorable grandchildren. She has caught ‘the teachable minute’ with thousands of children. Her new book, The Teachable Minute: The Secret to Raising Smart & Appreciative Kids, is designed to help parents become experts at engaging with their kids in fun, educational, and useful ways every single day.

Read an Excerpt

ATM MACHINE
 
“My daughter wanted to go back to the amusement park and I told her we didn’t have any money to do that again so soon. She looked up at me and replied, “Well Dad, just go to the ATM. There’s lots of money in it!”
Michael, Miami Beach, FL
 
Younger Kids
 
SHOW them things on the machine like the number key pad. Have them point to each key while saying each number aloud. Then have them point and say again, going backwards. Point to numbers on the screen and have them ‘point and say’ them with you. Count money together!
 
ASK questions such as, “How do you think the money gets into the ATM machine? How many dollar bills have to come out of the machine for us to get five dollars?” “Can you show me the number 2 on the keypad?” “Can you show me where the money comes out?”
 
TEACH them how to punch in deposit or withdrawal amounts as you press each key and count out loud together (example: to deposit $100.00, press the keypad while saying aloud, “ONE, ZERO, ZERO, DECIMAL POINT, ZERO ZERO”).

Table of Contents


Around Town     
                               
ATM Machine
Bank
Bus Stop
Car Wash
Coffee Shop
Fast Food Drive-Up
Gas Station
Grocery Store    
Hardware Store
Ice Cream Shop
Laundromat
Library
Neighborhood
Playground
Post Office
School

At Home

A Good Chair
Basement
Bathroom
Bathtub
Dinner Table
Garage
Kitchen
Living Room
Porch
Stairs
Yard

Public Places

Airport
Apartment Complex
Bookstore
Cemetery
College Campus
Clothing Store
Convenience Store
Dental Office
Drive-In Theater
Elevator
Escalator
Eye Doctor’s Office
Fire Station
Flower Shop
Funeral Home
Hospital
Hotel or Motel
Mall
Movie Theater
Nursing Home
Pediatrician’s Office
Pet Shop
Police Station
Park Bench
Parking Garage
Rest Room
Rest Stop
Restaurant
Shoe Store
Sidewalk
Vet’s Office

Recreational Spots         

Amusement Park
Baseball Game
Basketball Game
Beach
Bowling Alley
Campground
Football Game
Miniature Golf
Museum
Swimming Pool
Zoo
    
Transportation            

Airplane
Bicycle
Boat
Bus
Car
Subway
Taxi Cab
Train

77 Books for 77 Places
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From the Publisher

"'Teachable minutes are treasures that last a lifetime—for both parent and child. Dr. Connie Hebert shows new parents the magic and sparkle of teaching in everyday places with the same creative zeal that makes her many books for school teachers wildly popular. She shows you how to pay attention, share, teach, and care. It’s all here—teachable minutes that you never thought of everywhere you go.

Read this book and discover teachable minutes in a daily routine chock-full of fun and BE your child’s first and best teacher in 77 places you may never have thought of!

I’ve watched Connie help teachers catch falling readers and writers for years showing them the way to improve student confidence and performance. Now she brings that same inspiration to parents as she encourages parents, especially new parents, to pick up her personal mantra: 'Keep doing great things for kids and literacy!'”

-Dr. Richard Gentry

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The Teachable Minute: The Secret to Raising Smart & Appreciative Kids 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Put down the smart phones Mom and Dad and READ THIS BOOK! Terrific book and learning tool for parents! Dr. Hebert did a fabulous job of simply stating where, when and how to teach our children in every day situations! For those of us that are not teachers, it really puts it into perspective all of the easy opportunities we have every day to teach our kids valuable lessons just about anywhere! A must read for anyone who really wants to not just be a good parent, but a GREAT parent. Don't let another "teachable minute" pass you by!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
In "The Teachable Minute," Dr. Hebert provides easy ways for babysitters and parents to make children feel smart and appreciated. As a babysitter of 10 years, I definitely plan to use many of Dr. Hebert's suggestions as ways to stimulate children's' interest in the world around them, both in their own home as well as in public places. Whether you are a babysitter, parent, or teacher, this book is written in an easy-to-read format and is a great resource to have as you encounter many different scenarios and "teachable minutes" with the children you care for. Highly recommend!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am a new mom (and a teacher) and I love this book! I was nervous about making sure I took advantage of all the teacheable moments out there and this books really helps. It's easy to read and reference all the different everyday settings we can use to help teach and guide our kids...from babies to adolescence. Dr. Hebert's writing style is fun and approachable. This is a must-have for any new parent!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book for a quick read to inspire parents and families! Keep it in the diaper bag or the car for a quick go to resource day to day. I love the sections about every day places including the car wash, laundry mat, and grocery store. Inspiring minutes of fun learning, and laughs with all three of my kids (ages 5,3,& 8months). A must have for new parents and seasoned ones alike.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Teachable minutes are treasures that last a lifetime—for both parent and child. Dr. Connie Hebert shows new parents the magic and sparkle of teaching in everyday places with the same creative zeal that makes her many books for school teachers wildly popular. She shows you how to pay attention, share, teach, and care. It’s all here—teachable minutes that you never thought of everywhere you go. Read this book and discover teachable minutes in a daily routine chock-full of fun! Be your child’s first and best teacher in 77 places you never thought of. Richard Gentry, Author of Raising Confident Readers
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I found this book has really helped me connect with my daughter. My daughter is special needs and it is sometimes hard for me to think of things to talk about with her. Dr Hebert's suggestions really helped me connect with her. For me that connection is as important as what she is learning. Instead of me trying to teach her, we are exploring and learning about the world around us together. This opens her up to conversations about other things in her life which we probably would not have talked about if we weren't already engaged in a conversation. Quite frankly it has helped both of us, because we are looking around for things to explore and noticing and appreciating things rather than just mindlessly moving through our day. Great book, nicely written and well organized.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As parents and grandparents we want to instill in our children the urge to ask questions and seek answers. Dr. Hebert gives us ideas that we can put into action no matter where we go Use our minutes wisely to teach our children. What could be more important? .