I’m not one of those mothers who think EVERYTHING is a teachable moment. But sometimes the “learning is fun” moments happen when you least expect them, and I am perfectly comfortable acknowledging that a lot of the learning that happens around here is somewhat accidental.
For example, it turns out that you can learn a lot by watching TV game shows as a family.
My five-year-old son, Charlie, is very literal and absolutely loves money. He’s an early reader, and has discovered the show of all shows – The Wheel of Fortune. My eight-year-old daughter, Molly, likes the show as well, so now we watch as a family.
When it comes on, the kids insist we shout the name of the show”WHEEL! OF! FORTUNE!” along with the TV audience, and it almost makes me feel like we are the Griswalds from the European Vacation movie. Anybody remember that? Pig in a Poke?
For the record, we are definitely more Griswalds than Cleavers.
Not that we could all afford to go to California for a taping, but I did check into it after “the fan incident” (story below) and you are supposed to be 8 to attend a taping.
The Fan Incident
We got a new ceiling fan for my son’s room because the old one sounded like a prop plane.
Tip: Don’t buy a cheap ceiling fan or you will end up replacing it with the nicer one you should have bought in the first place.
Anyway, after my husband installed it, the discarded ceiling fan lay on the floor. The next thing I know, we have been invited to Charlie’s room to play Wheel of Fortune. He and his eight-year-old sister, Molly, had written the words 10,000, 500, Bankrupt, New York and Car on sticky notes and attached them to the fan blades to create a wheel.
Molly was Vanna and stood with a marker next to a paper puzzle taped to the wall.
Charlie, in his post-bath attire declared himself “Pat Sajak in underwear” and was ready to host the show.
We played two great puzzles that Molly created, and everyone had to clap when the “wheel” was spinning or our underdressed host would chastise us. I must also note here that it take a ceiling fan a really long time to stop spinning on its own.
At one point, Molly asked, “Does Vanna ever get a chair?” which made us laugh.
Charlie insisted we join the TV show’s “Wheel Watchers Club” online and dutifully checks for our number each night. He thinks we really have a chance to win the $5,000 they give away through a TV raffle drawing.
Hope springs eternal – especially, when you are five!
The truth is, we already are winners. We are spending time together, the kids are learning and we have the ultimate fan of the Wheel of Fortune – literally and figuratively.