With the e-mails from my mommy readers flooding in my inbox, asking me queries for what is the right age to send kids for abacus, which are the language development classes for kids at 2-3yr, foreign language or coaching for the preparing to get admission in desired branded pre-school. Phew! I was estranged to know that such coaching / classes are available for toddlers too.
Most of them are geared up for summer camps are also filled the registration forms too. My humble request is that, “Let the little be!” Let them be the way they want to be. My latest post is all about how simple things can make your child prepare for future with no external coaching given.
“One-two, Buckle my shoe.”
On an average, by age of 2 or so, if your child can count till two (One, Two) and by 3, she counts not only till 10 but beyond. Then apparently your child is reciting from rhymes and other learnings of number line. Because toddlers of this age, can’t actually identify the quantities that they are naming.
Also with alphabets, your child may recite whole alphabetical order effortlessly, but connecting it with phonics is actually learning than the order of recitation. Like they might jumble letters like A,D, F, G and so. But if they know A – aa aa Apple then, bingo… ! Your child is learning real alphabets rather than just reciting from the memories.
So next time, when your little one just jumps the letter while singing along the alphabets, then do not insist her to say letters in order like ‘one should utter B only after a , and after B it’s C’. Do not impose pre-defined learnings. the purpose of Alphabets is form meaningful word with appropriate spelling. In real life the ascending or descending order of the Alphabets does not actually matter.
‘A good reading habit’
Child’s brain development and new learning can be enhanced by inculcating ‘a good reading habit’. Reading enables child to broaden their horizons of thoughts and creating a new way towards learning. While your child is exploring early years you may read the hard bound picture books, picture story-books, sing along rhymes and so on. They do not actually need to ‘how to read’ to actually read story books. You can anyways read for them, with lots of expressions and feelings. This will develop their interest into reading books from the early age.
Some Toys too …
Another interesting, yet effective learning method is solving Jig-Saw or building blocks, both stimulates the sense of shapes, colours and their association with each other. There are range of brain building toys available in the market, select the one which is appropriate for your child’s age and interest for the same.
To play is to learn!
Play with your child indoor as well as out-door games like hide and seek, catch-catch with ball, make small crafts and so on. With such games, they learn hand-eye coordination and also develop sense timing too.
Watch your mouth!
Your child’s environment and family atmosphere plays the vital role, in their upbringing and their perspective towards life. Also as a responsible parent, always see to it that your child is raised in positive and harmonious surroundings. With ever growing age of toddler-hood, your child will pick up words, language, ascent from their surroundings. So please watch your mouth before uttering anything negative or slag. Remember! Negative things are easy to pick up for adults as well as kids too.
I hope my above mentioned suggestive steps would help you to mould your child for bright future. Ps. I am not against summer camps or extra-curricular classes, but introducing it during toddlerhood, it’s too early. As per my opinion I think parents are the best teacher. We as a parent, have a versatile role, sometimes as a friend and sometimes as a teacher. I would love to hear your parenting views on education, learning and child’s holistic development.
Happy parenting, Happy learning!