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3 of the best ways to effectively support the development of our children and why it is so important?
Children can blow us away! Can’t they? We underestimate their abilities and we are shocked when they do what we thought is not possible. Everything we do they soak up like a sponge, within seconds! We need to be so careful with what we do and what we say because we know this little human will run out into the real world and replicate what they just learned. Can you relate?
Did you ever wonder why kids learn faster than adults?
According to Scientists at the University of Oxford, adults find learning to be more difficult than children because we store our memories differently. It comes down to memory capacity and how it is linked to cellular mechanisms of connectivity.
Due to the development of our prefrontal cortex and the information we have collected throughout our years, adults tend to see everything exactly as it is. For example, what is a stick? It is part of a branch, it is made from wood, and it came from a tree… well what else can it be? As for a child, that stick could be a magic wand, a flag pole, or even a helicopter!
The creativity of children and their rapid ability to learn is triggered by their prefrontal cortex. At a young age, their prefrontal cortex is fully not developed compared to an adult. Because of this, children have the ability to be more flexible, inventive, and creative.
Although the young mind tends to absorb new information better than an adult they do not have the ability to integrate with what was already learned.
That is where we step in!
A child’s ability to be creative and learn new things is fascinating! Those quick years are crucial for the development of their futures and it is vital for adults to spend as much time as we can to teach our children, guide our children, and create new memories that will last forever.
So, what are 3 of the best ways to effectively support the development of our children?
1.Build upon what your child enjoys
Pay attention to what they are doing and find ways to encourage learning within their activities. They will maintain attention and excitement because they are already engaged. If your child attends a child care center, ask them questions about what your child enjoys doing throughout the day.
Encouraging learning within activities of interest will support their development in areas such as speech, counting, and science. Along with their character, decision-making skills, and confidence.
Allowing your child to engage in what they already enjoy will help develop their love and interest in learning.
How can you do this? Depending on their interests of course…
- Take them to new places (The park, the zoo…)
- Play music and dance!
- Give them a related toy, instrument, or learning game.
2.Provide uninterrupted time for independent play and development
Although it is vital to spend time with your children it is also essential to give them the time to explore and experience new things on their own. They now have the opportunity to grow and flourish.
By doing this you are allowing them to foster the feeling and ability to be independent.
Sit back and observe your child, appreciate their ability to explore new things. Learn more about your child so that you can support their progress.
How can you do this?
- Lay down a blanket and give them some toys
- Create a safe zone on your lawn or in a park
- Grab a chair for yourself, sit back, and enjoy!
3. Implement learning into daily activities!
Even as adults we learn each day. By this point in the blog, you would have a full understanding of how important daily learning is for the introductory years of your child's life.
This step I find is so vital, which is why I left the best for last!
Spend time with your child and walk them through their activities. Talk to them about what is in front of them and explain the details. When you introduce talking or counting to the activity it transforms into a beneficial learning experience and prepares your child for literacy and numeracy.
How can you do this?
- Talk through activities — When you bathe them, feed them, cloth them, speak to them, and let them participate.
- Tell them stories — Each night read them bedtime stories. Make it fun and use different voices or sounds. They will love it!
- Count, measure, sort — Provide a collection of learning games and count with them out loud. Engage your child and do this repetitively so that they absorb the content. I left a link here to an amazing tool that makes counting interactive, fun, and easy.
As we have seen in this blog during your child’s first years of life, they have an incredible capacity to learn.
Continually exposing your child to speech, music, sounds, numbers, and stories will help maximize their early years of development and support their future.
As a dedicated parent, I know you have the best intentions, and when actively pursuing your child's development and by taking the time to read this blog you are clearly a loving and inspirational parent!