When you set out to teach your baby anything, your attitude is the most important ingredient for success. Whether you want to teach your to read, or speak a foreign language, etc… your attitude will be the determining factor for your child’s success. Learning should be play. If we approach teaching our babies as though it were play, it then becomes a game for our children. Whatever you aim to teach your baby, make sure you factor fun and joy into your program. It is the most important element for success. What program you use and the material you choose to teach will have no relevance, if you don’t first make it fun.
When you tell people that babies can learn to read, they look at you strangely. It sounds like an oxymoron. How can a baby, that can’t talk yet, learn to read? Yet as crazy as it sounds, they can. It all comes down to the developing brain they are born with. Babies are born with their brain 40% developed. During the first 5 years of their life, their brain is developing explosively. The more we stimulate our babies, and provide rich environments for learning, the more they will absorb.
I am always
interested in finding new ways of teaching babies to read. After all,
teaching babies to read is so much fun. I was watching some videos online
the other day and I saw a method that I have never seen before. It was
too good not to share.
A mom was
confirming her son’s knowledge of some flash cards she had been showing him.
She would have him turn around. Then she would put two cards on the
floor, side by side. She would put an M&M under one of the cards.
Then she would ask her son to get her a specific card. If he got it
right, there was a candy underneath it for him. And get them all right,
he did! What a wonderful way to encourage our children to show us a pinch
of their brilliance while rewarding them. I haven’t tried it yet, but I
will keep you posted when I do.
are more reluctant to show us what they know. This is a very gentle and
rewarding way for them to show us what they are capable of learning.
When I think of small babies and the incredible power they
possess in their little brains, I am in awe. The old saying “Big things come in small packages” couldn’t
be more true when referring to the developing brain of babies. Babies possess the ability to master
any language that is presented to them.
They have the ability to learn to read, learn sign language and absorb
mass amounts of information. They
are capable of learning to swim, learn perfect pitch and become prodigies in
music. Babies are able to see
quantity instead of symbols for quantity.
Wow! That is just
Knowing that all babies possess this gift makes me have such
a reverence and respect for babies.
When I interact with babies, I consider them, not below me, as though I
possess the power to teach them something, but as a miracle of creation,
something to be wondered at. My
mantra for today is “Baby Power”.
What will you teach your baby today?
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