Birth: The Beginning of Mission Teaching-Learning!
03 Sep 2019 #Parenting
The birth of a child brings in its wake hope and dreams. But it also brings in responsibility and a lot of questions to fulfill that responsibility – one of the crucial questions pertaining to child’s learning processes.
How do I teach the child? Will the child be able to grasp what I’m trying to teach? When do I start teaching the child? What is the right age when the child begins to learn? Are they born capable of learning?
We, at ThatMate have an answer for all these questions and more.
The brain develops in rapid fundamental ways in the early years, especially the first three years of life, providing a critical foundation for the child’s lifelong progress. It has been said that children are born capable of sensation and are affected in diverse ways by the experiences they have. A new born child is extremely impressionable and absorbs everything from the environment, already learning to make sense of the world around them.
Thus, learning begins the moment a child is born. This presents parents with a profound responsibility as to how to behave in a child’s presence and how to treat the child from the moment of birth.
Young children flourish when they have secure, positive relationships with adults who are affectionate, supportive and knowledgeable. The child seems to have the ability to observe and make mental representations, though still not grasping abstract concepts without real life experiences.
The task of parents is to give them these experiences through commonplace interactions. Teachings may vary from simply making eye contact with the child, playing peekaboo, playing with the child in front of the mirror, babbling in baby language or singing a rhyme, to the use of instructional approach depending on the child’s cognitive discoveries. Allowing expression without societal constraints is important to develop a well balanced free thinking child.
A few examples of commonplace interactions that help the teaching process:
- Reading to your child
- Strike up conversations even if the child has not obtained speech
- Play games with the child
- Bubble play
- Take the child for a walk in the park
- Surprise the child or play puzzles
- Picture time – Walk down the memory lane
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