(4 Years Old)
I can't believe that I never had the kids practice memorizing their telephone number. Never, not once. It hadn't even occurred to me that I should have them learn their telephone number. Maybe it's because they are not in school yet. Maybe it's because they are always with me. I don't remember what sparked this sudden need to have the kids learn their home number, but whatever it was I'm glad it happened.
Hmmm, now how to go about this. Taking a cue from when we learned the days of the week, and the months of the year (see the post here), I decided that I would create a short song to help them memorize their number. It always amazes me how quickly kids learn the words to songs.
We used the song B-I-N-G-O and changed the words:
"Hello, my name is Wild One (if your child has more than one syllable to their first and last name, eliminate the "hello")
and this is my phone number
444-555-1212 (four, four, four, five, five, five, one, two, twelve)
please call home for me."
We first practiced singing the song. Next, I quickly drew a picture of our telephone on colored printer paper- with the TALK and END buttons (since our telephone requires you to press TALK in order to place the call). I also wrote our number on the bottom of the telephone drawing, so that they could practice whenever they wanted.
I was so happy to hear Little Miss and Wild One keep asking to be next (heh heh, you're learning and you don't even know it, evil - most sinister laugh, twirl mustache). Within a couple of days of practicing, they learned their telephone number. Yay! Once they learned their telephone number, I cut off the number from the drawing.
They were so proud of themselves that they learned their telephone number. I am too, they make me so happy! I love that they are learning through play.