How early education affects your child’s thinking and learning process?
It’s such a rewarding feeling to see your preschool grow, develop his own personality, and gain his independence. However, you can’t really know if your toddler is capable of developing thinking and learning skills that are age appropriate. As the parent, you are your child’s role model and first teacher. To make sure they develop a wish to learn new things and develop new skills, you have to begin an “in-house” learning process early in their upbringing.
Start encouraging deep thinking and learning at home
Now that you acknowledge the importance of your toddler having both thinking and learning skills, move on to reinforcing those skills. Provide them with efficient, meaningful opportunities to perform activities that stimulate the brain, and reinforce feelings of independence and responsibility. Common activities you might want try are:
- Allow your toddler to help out with common house chores, like sorting the laundry, folding clothes, and cleaning the house
- Invest in fun, educational puzzles and play together
- Encourage different forms of play, such as pretend play
- Challenge your toddler with daily activities that compel him to make a decision, or find a solution
Promote learning and thinking abilities at preschool
The amount of time your toddler spends in preschool gives you the chance to help them develop thinking and learning skills in an environment that’s organized and more structured than the comfort of your home. Even though there’s lots of time for having fun at preschool, increasingly more pre-K programs abide by a very strict curriculum. To make sure your child is actually engaged in learning and thinking activities, you might want to:
- Talk about the teacher helps your toddler develop thinking and learning abilities
- Find out more about the actual activities your child is involved in. Ask them if they’re enjoyable and fun to do
- Review projects and tasks the child must perform as homework, and offer to help
- Open subjects about the time spent at preschool, and try to get a feel of their reactions
Early cognitive development studies show that a young child’s brain has an astonishing capacity to learn fast and develop insightful learning skills. A lot of parents underestimate their child’s ability to think at deeper level, and understand sophisticated terms and phrases. Believe it or not, many are capable of communication intentions that only an adult could perform.
Toddlers rely on the things they can learn from their parents. If you want your child to grow up an avid reader, you should be an avid reader yourself. It all begins in the house. The connection between a parent’s daily activities and lifestyle has a direct impact on the child’s perceptions. Sadly, not that many parents acknowledge that their offspring mimic almost every activity performed within the household.
Toddlers have a natural-born instinct to learn
Make-believe and role-playing games are preferred by toddlers starting from the age of 3. As they grow up and approach pre-school, their intrinsic need to learn more and do more skyrockets. But then again, today’s average parent is a busy individual who can barely find 1-2 hours a day to spend with the child. Most parents don’t get involved, meaning that the toddler might end up learning wrong things, and performing the wrong activities.
The secret to helping your child develop the right set of skills is all about integrating yourself more into their daily life. In the first 3 years of life, you have to be there for them as their verbalized thinking and memory intensifies. Early education matters a lot because it’s a tipping point in the expansion and development of the toddler’s learning process.
In most countries, pre-school begins at the age of 6. To make sure your child is on the right track, it might be best to appoint them a private tutor. Someone with experience can help instill a more pronounced sense of responsibility; especially if you don’t have a lot of time on your hands to spend with your child on a daily basis. The more involved you get in your toddler’s learning process at an early age, the better chances you have for them to grow up into a responsible teenager.