Newborn children enter this world like blank pages that will be written on throughout their lives by various experiences and learning processes. There are many different sources of learning that your child will encounter along the way. As a parent, you have the privilege of being your child’s primary source of learning. It’s a major responsibility that may seem overwhelming at times. Fortunately, there are some simple yet effective ways you can help your child learn and develop.
One of the priorities on your list of lessons will be teaching the values you want your child to embrace. The following post explains how you can ensure your child learns empathy, a critical value for a compassionate individual:
How Children Really Learn Empathy
Our personal success as individuals and the survival of our society as a whole depend on our ability to understand and connect with others, so empathy is inarguably one of the most important traits to instill in our children. To that end, resources for teaching kids empathy have been cropping up everywhere — in parenting articles, children’s book lists, and school programs like “Character Counts.”
However, Harvard University’s Making Caring Common Project released a discouraging report that demonstrates how these efforts are overshadowed, and may even be erased, by the actual feelings and priorities we unconsciously communicate to children, especially as parents. For those of us who study and observe very young children, this result is no surprise. Read more at Janet Lansbury…
Well, there you have it: One of the primary ways your child learns from you is through your actions rather than your words. So, if you want to your offspring to “turn out right,” you need to model how you expect them to live.
Apart from imitation, there are other fundamental ways that children learn, and one of them is through play. The following post explores the subject of play and its importance for cognitive development:
Forget flashcards, play with sticks. An expert explains how children learn
How do children learn; and how can their environment help or hurt that process? The answer to both may lie in the first years of our lives. Casey Lew-Williams is on the faculty at Princeton University and co-Director of the Princeton Baby Lab. He talks to us about the best ways to support children’s growth, the impact of poverty on early learning, and why the most sophisticated educational toys are often less effective than simply playing, talking, singing, and cuddling.
One of the remarkable things about children is that their brains are incredibly active. This fact, coupled with their innate ability to master language, makes their early years the perfect time to introduce them to a second language. The following post looks at children and their amazing capacity to learn languages:
How can young children best learn languages?
The British Council’s Tracey Chapelton explains how parents of young children can lay the foundations for success.
Children’s brains are highly active
Your child is unique, but what all children have in common is natural curiosity and an innate ability to learn.
Our brains are dynamic and constantly active, and a baby’s brain is the busiest of all. Research has shown that babies begin to understand language about twice as fast as they actually speak it. According to Dr Patricia Kuhl, what’s going on in a baby’s brain is nothing short of rocket science: ‘By three, a little child’s brain is actually twice as active as an adult brain.’
Did you have any idea that your preschooler’s brain is twice as active as yours? Now you understand why it’s difficult for them to sit through activities that last any length of time. They easily become bored and lose focus.
A preschool that understands the fundamentals of childhood learning will take these factors into consideration — which is why Spanish for fun! should top your daycare list. Our play-based, Spanish immersion program will teach your child to speak the language, appreciate the culture and embrace diversity. Together these benefits enhance learning and social skills and deter self-absorption.
Our teaching methods rely on the best practices for educating young children. Plus, our teachers are professionally trained to create a loving and nurturing environment. Get in touch with us today to schedule a tour of our Wake Forest Daycare center. Call (919) 883-2061 or complete the form on our website. We look forward to showing you why your child will thrive with us.