What parent doesn’t want to give his or her child the best possible start in life? In America kids go to institutions to learn, beginning at ages three to five. Long before this age kids are learning all about their worlds. As a matter of fact newborn babies are already accumulating knowledge. Even though a baby is unable to verbalize he is still learning all that he can simply by watching, listening, and feeling. Kids are learning machines. They are born to quest for knowledge and even though you don’t know it you could be teaching your child things you don’t want him to learn. In addition, you could be missing out on opportunities to teach your child much more than he will normally learn on his own.
Keep in mind that kids will imitate, albeit much later, what they see their parents and others do. Many people go from being a child themselves directly to being a parent. For this reason some parents act like children by screaming, throwing tantrums, accusing, blaming, even running away. Whether you know it or not you are building your child’s personality – even if he is still in the womb.
Studies have proven that babies in the womb are already soaking up muffled sounds from their surroundings and feeling emotions felt by Mom. Trauma and unsettling dramatic events are not the best way to start your child out in life. Practically the minute a baby is born he begins to sense, smell, hear and soon, see his surroundings. The brain begins to prep the child for the world he’s entered even if he can’t yet communicate through words.
Try to avoid cursing, screaming, and other negative behavior from the time you discover you’re pregnant. Pregnancy is a difficult time, often causing the mother’s emotions to run out of control, but if you make the conscious effort you can give your baby a more promising future.
Besides trying to keep your child from learning negative behaviors you can also help him or her learn lots of other things long before he normally would. It’s much easier to teach a child a foreign language from the time they first begin speaking, for instance. Show a child pictures of flowers and tell him the names. When he gets old enough to speak he will be able to tell you the names.
Talk to a baby, while at home, about what you’re doing. Explain to him, step by step, how you’re preparing dinner, doing the laundry, watching a movie, doing the dishes and other day-to-day events. Go into detail. Explain each step as you do it, telling the child the names of objects you are using to complete the tasks at hand.
Tell your baby the names of colors, songs, tv shows, furniture pieces, foods and other general information. Read books to him that explain nature and animals or read books of poetry. A child, of course, may not be ready for trigonometry but you don’t have to stick with simple child themes, either. Kids can learn the names of famous artists, vehicles, reptiles, shapes, the 50 states and so much more, simply by sharing these facts with them at any early age.
Children who are spoken to and encouraged to learn at a very young age often do much better in school than those who simply played until old enough to attend pre-school. And teaching your baby from birth makes it easier to acclimate to the school routine of learning. By the time your child is of age to attend school he already has it in his mind that learning is fun.
Once a child discovers that he’s going to school for the sole purpose of learning it becomes less fun but as an infant, learning isn’t any different than playing. Repetition is the most important part of teaching a child early. Obviously people, no matter what age, learn by hearing or seeing something more than once. They also learn from what they do so as baby grows let him or her experience the touch, sight, smell, feel and sound of many different things rather than always telling him to “stop”, or “put that down”. You’ll be giving your child real learning experiences that he will carry with him the rest of his life.