Learning to shop

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Good evening homeedders hope you're all having a wonderful start to the week and commencement of the home schooling week, although I tend to find it a common occurrence that the home-schooling week tends to be a little more broken up and goes through on weekends.

Much like this weekend where we were now allowed to go beyond our 5km limit which got extended to 10kms taking in some cultural sites if significance and enabling us to reconnect to country and culture.

I've done this a fair few times with little miss as it's not a one off class but a continued cultural practice learning about the past to ensure that that knowledge and experience is handed down and it is something she really enjoys. Plus it provides some really great daddy and daughter bonding time together. Which I have grown fond of and lil bloke was with us too so he got his first view at cultural practices.

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I've found as little miss grows older her concepts of the world around her grow and what used to just be a trip down to the shopping centre has now morphed into Why do we go shopping? What do we need? and IHow do you know what we need?

So I thought it was the best opportunity to have little miss lead the shopping trip with help of course as I would prefer a shopping cart full of food and not sugary sweets despite if little miss was to fully take control I'm sure she would opt for the lolly isle over the healthy food isle or the fresh fruit and vegetables.

Prior to heading off to the supermarket we went through a few items that we needed for that nights dinner and lunches and made a list. Despite not ever really writing a list myself I should to ensure I stick to my budget and not end up purchasing a heap of items I don't need.

We headed off to our local grocery store where they also have kids shopping carts which is fantastic! I tend to skip these when I am with little miss because they ask for a licence and then you collect your licence back once you hand the trolly back. Sounds pretty straight forward but there is usually a wait while to service attendant comes over to the section and when you have young kids that want to leave it gets hard.

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With our list in hand we headed through the supermarket collecting the items we needed starting with bananas! Lil Miss and lil bloke absolutely love their bananas. Then we headed off to the bread isle where little miss chose her favourite bread.

Throughout our shopping experience I learned something really important as I have been struggling to teach lil miss how to read and write. Whilst going through the list I asked little miss to try and read out some of the words which she now uses memory to recognise words she knows.

As she spelled out some of the letters she started right to left instead of left to right and it dawned on me that this is why she had been struggling as I've never taught her which side to start from. It never dawned on me that I should until this moment. This will provide me with a new avenue to commence learning with her which is great!

Life skills are an extremely important skill to learn and one I want to help little miss develop to enable her to be a strong independent woman.



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Nice, where you the one reading our what was needed on the list and directing little miss towards the items, or she took the lead? 😅😅

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Hahaha yeah I was trying to get her to read but we struggled a little. Instead I read them out and asked her where they were in the supermarket which she is aware of and knows where to go so led the way!

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Oh, wow! It would never have occurred to me that they might not automatically work from left to right when reading. Well spotted there.

The little trolleys are a great idea to teach kids. I never knew you had to provide a license, though. I guess taking them home is just too tempting for some.

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It was a big light bulb moment for me and I have revisited the reading part today and it appears to be working with sounding. I feel so dumb that I didn't pick up on it earlier. It just was never a question I asked I naturally pointed to the start of the word and thought she would get it that way.

But when given a word with no instructions she started from the right and it was getting confusing for her. If I ask her to spell Coles without the written form she can do it but starts at the S and goes backwards.

Hahaha yeah, maybe they didn't trust the look of me in regards to the trolley and licence.

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I think we all have moments like that. Not dumb, just human. 😁 The main thing is that you did puck up on it and I'm grateful you shared your lightbulb moment. It helps us to remember not to take certain things for granted.

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Yes definitely, seeing improvements already too. Thank you for being supportive.

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Wow! This is a really nice activity for kids to do. They can learn a lot here like budgeting and comparing prices, prioritizing as per the market list. Engaging them in making the list in the first place is fun too. They practice writing and will have a sense of responsibility when they think of what's out of stock and stuff like that.

Grocery shopping used to be a family affair for us. The pandemic changed that though. I very rarely bring my kids these days.

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This brings back memories of before the pandemic, I and my wife would always bring our toddler son into the grocery. At first, we would ride the trolley, but when he is able to walk he insists on getting his own trolley, and from then on whenever we go to the grocery we always get him his own trolley (a small one just like Little Miss used).

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That is cute, it gets hard sometimes as they always want to load their trolly then it gets heavy and you find yourself unpacking theirs into yours or having to push a big one and a little one! Lol

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