Parents spend a lot of time in the car with their children. It’s easy and convenient to pop in a DVD or a CD to keep your children entertained while you're driving. Instead, try using the time to initiate a conversation with your child. If you have young children you might point out things to help them learn to recognize letters and numbers. Ask them, “What letter does McDonald’s start with?" or "Who can find two red cars?"
You can do something similar at the supermarket. Ask you child to be on the lookout for items that begin with a specific letter of the alphabet or that are a certain color. Encourage them to help you count the number of items you put in the cart.
There are many opportunities in our daily lives for teachable moments. You just have to look for them.