How a child will grow up and develop as an individual depends a lot upon his early learning and as I had heard it starts right from the inside of mother's womb. A child can sense, hear and understand things from after three months of intra natal life. The Jewish women solve mathematical problems and play piano for the better development of their baby’s brain.
1 June, 2019
“Learning is not about preparing them for school, learning is all about preparing them for life to make them positive individuals who can handle social pressures and positively influence the society”
Even before my daughter was one month old, I had started singing lullabies to her. Listening to music from a very early age, develops a sense of tune and rhythm in babies.
Also, I always took evening strolls with her, going out doors is a great energy booster for kids.
After nine months I started taking her to the park, she used to walk on the grass holding my hands and smile at the kids playing in the park. While returning she used to wave them bye too.
Going outdoors, interacting with other kids boosts their activities and make them more gregarious.
Speaking politely and good manners are as important as getting good grades in exams. As soon as she had started speaking a few words I had taught my daughter to say, 'good morning ' and 'good evening' to others. She learnt them very fast and greeted everyone with a smile. The meanings of words like 'Sorry', 'Please' and 'Thankyou' were taught to her at a very tender age. I had taught her to say thank you to mamma and papa whenever we gave her anything. I would say thank you to her whenever she handed me anything so that she learnt the proper usage of the word. She would even say 'Sorry mamma' when ever she thought she had done something wrong.
Speaking politely to others is one of the most important part of learning. Even when I was angry or upset at her behaviour, I never shouted at her because I knew children imitate what they see their parents doing and if I shouted at her she would also learn to show anger and shout at me. Whenever she threw tantrums I gently but firmly told her how to behave and believe me they do listen when we are firm with them without raising our voice.
Though tough in today's times I had made to keep her away from screen, both TV and mobile. I seen children glued to TV and mobiles and it really irritated me. But honestly zero screen time is a possibility and can be achieved by efforts and hard work.
I gave her my undivided attention. To make her learn the nursery rhymes I used to sing them to her with actions, she used to imitate me and do “twinkle twinkle” with her cute little fingers.
Playing in the similar fashion everyday made her memories all the rhymes without much ado.
I used to sing to her the ABC song and she learnt it fast just by singing with me.
Name of fruits
I used to tell her the names of the fruits I gave her and slowly she knew the names of all the fruits herself. Then she used to demand the fruit she wanted asking specifically for apple or banana.
As I am fond of reading myself, I had started buying books for her right from when she was six months old. Snuggles cloth books makes kids interested in the bright colourful pictures.
Picture books attracted her, and she used to flip through the pages and I just used to point at the things and name them like cat or ball.
Story telling develops attention and concentration and builds their imagination.
Reading her out stories at bed time was our daily ritual which we both enjoyed and looked forward to. I used to read out stories to her with voice modulation and she would listen to me in rapt attention. Slowly she knew all the characters of the stories and would demand for a new story everyday, Little Red Riding Hood being her absolute favourite.
I even carried her books when we went out, I read out to her at airport and flights and she would be engrossed in her world of fairy tales and never got cranky.
Early learning begins at home and mother as people say is the first teacher. Proper early learning is the key to strong foundation on which the building of learning develops later.
About Priyanka Rai
I am a dental surgeon, an army wife and a mother of a 30 months old daughter grooming her round the clock. Writing is my passion and when not writing I love to spend my time in the company of books and my daughter.My life changed completely two and a half years ago when my daughter was born. From being a working woman to a full-time mother was a tremendous transition but I cherish every moment of it. From the moment when I held her first till the time, I walked her to playschool every moment has been sheer bliss. I love talking to her, reading books to her and capturing her different moods and moments.
This is personal experience and point of view of Mrs Priyanka Rai as a mother. Happy Motherhood does not take responsibility for the contents and those not necessarily represent point of view of Happy Motherhood