Educational Moments – Finding a 4 in a tree!

About a week or so ago I was picking up my kids from childcare like I do just about every afternoon. We were getting into the car when I heard my three year old daughter say, “look mom, a 4 in a tree!”

At first I just kinda said the “mm hmm” typical response when I’m trying to pretend to pay attention but busy so I can’t really pay full attention.

Then she kept saying it over and over, “look mom, a 4 in a tree!” (It should be noted that my very strong willed three year old will say things repeatedly until she gets the acknowledgement she desires, or gets what she is after).

By this time I finally had everyone situated in their seats and I was in my seat in the car. So I asked her, “what are you looking at hun?”

“A 4 in a tree, right there,” as she points to the tree right next to our car.

It took me a minute, but then I saw it. Sure enough, there was a great big 4 right in the tree. Take a look and let me know when you see it too!


Seeing the 4 in the tree just reminded me that there are great educational opportunities all around us. My three year old was able to point one out to me.

Learning doesn’t always have to be pen and paper or even in the classroom for that matter. Sometimes all you really have to do is get down to your child’s level and see things from their perspective. You might be amazed at how different things seem from a few feet lower.

Get your kids outside, take them for a walk, or just find some things around the house. See what both you and your kids can discover together!


What have you learned lately? Share an educational moment with us and how it inspired you!


Jesica H

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11 thoughts on “Educational Moments – Finding a 4 in a tree!

  • March 5, 2013 at 11:36 am
    how observant of that little peanut. Reply
  • March 5, 2013 at 4:47 pm
    Very sweet... I love little moments like this when the kids are not wrapped up in TV or video games and they enjoy what is around them. Reply
  • March 5, 2013 at 5:02 pm
    Best Blog Post EVER! I work at an Reggio Emilia school and this is their philosophy. The great thing about this type of learning from and authentic experiences is that children "own" the knowledge and can build upon it. Your daughter is observant and you are so wise to stop and take notice with her. Reply
    • March 6, 2013 at 10:16 am
      Thanks Jenny! I love when my kids can create their own learning experiences. The knowledge sticks with them when they can do that! Reply
  • March 5, 2013 at 8:25 pm
    Love when kids teach us to slow down and enjoy what's around us! Reply
  • March 5, 2013 at 8:28 pm
    Wow good for her, they do see the world with different eyes then us grownups, so why not 4's in trees :) Reply
  • March 5, 2013 at 8:39 pm
    This was so sweet. I love when we have these little moments with the kids. Thanks for sharing. Reply
  • March 5, 2013 at 9:11 pm
    I love taking a moment to see the world through my kids eyes. They pick up on the neatest things that we over look. Reply
  • March 7, 2013 at 4:18 pm
    I love this! LOL, my kids are the same way, they will keep on telling me until I pay attention. Kids are like little sponges, they never cease to amaze me! Reply

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