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Start your Child’s Education Early


Start your Child’s Education Early

This blog post has been reposted, with permission, from Bril’s blog (http://brilindia.com/blog/).

Studies have shown that the most important period of a child’s life is their first five years.  Children are capable of learning from a very early age, so it is ideal to expose them to a nurturing and educational environment during those years.

By providing an environment that is fun-filled, safe and stimulating, you can ensure that your child gets off to a great start.

While adults typically think of play-time as a form of entertainment, it can actually teach your child a great deal about themselves and the world around them.

Believe it or not, playing peek-a-boo is actually beneficial for your child.  The earlier a child develops these skills, the more significant the long term impact will be.

Self-esteem, confidence, coordination, problem-solving skills, and social skills, are but a few examples of the benefits that can be gained through play.

Also Read: Learning through Play

 

Self esteem can be enhanced by responding affectionately to your child’s actions. Whether they coo, gurgle, burp, cry or smile, giving your child a positive reaction and providing lots of enthusiasm will have incredible benefits.

Physical coordination can be developed by changing your child’s position, and allowing him/her the opportunity to move about.  Encourage movement and mobility at an early age by placing toys and objects a short distance away from your child.  Giving your child different toys with different shapes, textures and colors will encourage interaction and help develop physical coordination. There are many toys on the market specifically designed to stimulate creative thought and action.

Playing hide-and-seek can help your child develop problem solving skills.  By placing a toy behind your back and encouraging your baby to find it, you will give your child an early appreciation for cause and effect.  Also by giving a baby a rattle, the baby will comprehend they can make noise by themselves if they shake it. An understanding of cause and effect will put your child on the right path to a lifetime of learning.

As your child grows older, consider giving your child some household duties or chores.  A child as young as two can start to learn the meaning of responsibility.  Use the word “special” frequently and give them age-appropriate tasks such as handing out napkins at the dinner table.  Be sure to encourage your child through positive affirmation of his/her actions.

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ParentEdge is a bi-monthly magazine for discerning Indian parents who would like to actively contribute to their children’s education, intellectual enrichment and stimulation. The magazine’s premise is that learning is a continuous process, and needs to happen both in and outside of school; thus parents have an important role to play in shaping their children’s interests and intellect.


3 thoughts on “Start your Child’s Education Early

  1. Dr Sulata Shenoy

    Very true. We need not wait for a child to enroll at a formal school before starting on school readiness activities to promote a sense of curiosity, joy and enthusiasm for life long learning.

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  2. Meena Sivaraman

    I am fine with all the activities suggested however do not agree with the TV bit.

    Yes, there is a lot of research which is confirming that brain networking is very active in the early childhood years. One of my friends Dr Jena Mehrotra does early childhood stimulation for at risk babies in California.

    I have a very simple list of questions parents could ask a child and answer as well.
    Where? First question from about six months. Where is the fan? Where is mommy?Where is your hand etc.
    What? What is this from one year.This will prompt an answer from the child
    How? How does the dog bark?How does mommy start the car?How does the cooker sound? This is once the child is 1.6 years
    Why? Most children ask by 2.6 years the Why questions. We get Why because cards in the market.One could use those.
    The questioning mind is a sure requisite for Intelligence.
    Besides this in early childhood children need to be in a secure loving environment.

    Parents can work on the senses to teach and as a tool for acquiring knowledge.
    Touch,Smell,Sight,Taste,Hearing are essential to acquire knowledge.
    Actually many philosophers have said that our senses are the way to even spiritual growth. Montessori materials have lot of sensorial material to teach complicated concepts.
    The child who is tuned to these senses on becoming an adult will be better tuned to himself and the other.

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