At Cuddles Childcare Centres, we have developed a great reputation among Perth parents due to our “learning through play” philosophy. A lot of parents ask us how they can help their children learn faster at home. Here are some tips.
Repetition, Repetition, Repetition
Reading the same bedtime story every night can be boring to a parent, but it is great for the child. The story becomes familiar and helps them understand their world a little more. Singing songs is great, too. If someone asks you to repeat the alphabet, what is your first response? We are guessing that you sing the alphabet song.
Sometimes, you don’t even have to teach your child anything to help them learn it. All you have to do is allow them to experience whatever it is you want them to learn. Model whatever task or behaviour you want your child to do, then let them do it. Be there to answer questions if they have any, but don’t let expectations create any pressure. Children learn the best at their own pace; let them learn by doing.
Embrace, Encourage and Answer Questions
Children can drive you crazy with questions, but they are telling you exactly what they want to learn. Children are exactly like adults in this regard: they will learn better if they have a vested interest. Asking a question creates that vested interest. Be patient and loving; give answers that they can understand. Every question your child asks is an opportunity to help them grow. Don’t squander any of these valuable opportunities.
Let Your Child Finish
If your child is telling a long, cringeworthy story, listen to it anyway. Even if you are tempted to finish the story, don’t. Let your child know that you respect and listen to what he or she says.
No Mixed Messages
Children subconsciously pick up on body language. Don’t pretend you are listening while your body language says otherwise. Make sure that your facial expressions and body language match your message.
Children want to be treated with dignity and respect. They learn best when allowed to learn at their own pace and without pressure. They learn better by example than by rote.
What example are you setting today?