Obedience is such a hard lesson to learn. Is it any wonder that toddlers struggle with it, when adults have just as hard a time being obedient to their authorities?
Teaching obedience is not something you can just do quickly and forget about. It is something that needs to be taught and retaught each day. All day long, there are times when your little ones make the choice to obey you or disobey.
I want to continue working on teaching Gracie (age 2.5) obedience, so this week, we have been using a special treat to do so.
My husband teases me, because before I was a mama, I told him I didn’t ever want to use food as a reward.
I have since changed my mind!
Each time Gracie obeys, she gets a goldfish in the jar. This is great, because the culminating activity is for her to use those goldfish to sort, count and then eat! It is a special treat, but we also are using it for our lessons.
Here is the kicker for her obedience this week, I am trying to train her that when she obeys, it must be done QUICKLY. So, if I ask her to do something and she says she will…but five minutes later, she finally does it. That doesn’t count as obedience for me.
She has LOVED this, and frequently reminds me that she earned a goldfish (and I forget).
The best part about this, is it goes with my Jonah unit that we are working on. I will post the link to that unit next Monday, so be sure to come back for the full lesson plan!
If you are looking for a great preschool lesson plan, check out our unit study on Adam and Eve: