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How to Help Your Child Learn

By: Donna Chaffins | Date: January 8, 2013 | Categories: Children, Education, Guest Posts, Parenting

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As parents, we all want learning to be easy for our children. In the past, the generally accepted opinion was that children were either born smart or they weren’t, and there wasn’t much parents, teachers, or caregivers to do to make a difference in a child’s intellectual progress. Fortunately for today’s children, we now know better. Research shows that there are many things that adults can do to help children have an easier time learning at every stage of development, from the time a fetus is in utero, all the way through the school years.

Here are some things that you can do to help your daycare-aged child learn easier.

Use Baby Talk

Baby talk is awfully cute, but adults tend to think it’s detrimental to language development if used when speaking with a toddler. Today we know that’s not at all the case. Children need to learn to identify distinct sounds, and parentese, as researchers have dubbed the slow, sing song cadence that us lay people know as baby talk, does exactly that. With elongated vowels and easy to recognize transitions, parentese assists the auditory cortex in recognizing vowel-consonants groupings in children under the age of two.

Read Out Loud

Reading out loud to children really makes a difference. Children pick up language patterns and common word usage when sitting and listening to a book that’s being read. It’s not quite the same as participating in a conversation because when a child is being read to, their attention is totally focused on the words being said, making it an ideal learning opportunity. Reading picture books also increases a child’s vocabulary, exposes them to new idea, helps children associate words with the corresponding pictures, and develops intellectual curiosity, an important base for a future interest in learning.

Take a Step Back

Children have a good idea of where to go in terms of learning. The methodology used in Montessori schools is based on this philosophy, that children have a natural desire to learn and are programed to seek out that learning in the manner most suited to them developmentally. You can take advantage of this with your own children by presenting them with multiple learning opportunities and allowing them to explore uninterrupted. Go for an unhurried walk in nature with your child and allow her to examine everything — the leaves on the trees, the grass and plants growing, all the insects that abound — at her own pace. Answer questions if she asks, but let her take the lead as she figures out the way the world around her works. This self-directed learning will help her in the future to be proactive, curious, and concentrate on learning.

As parents and caregivers, we are able to give children the tools they will need for their future in many ways, and the ability to learn easily is a very important one. Giving children proper exposure to language and new concepts, in a way that is best for them developmentally is something every adult who works with children should do.

This post was provided by Heather Jenkins, an expert in child education. She used Brampton child care services to help her child learn. She strongly recommends Rise-N-Shine Kids for their excellent staff. They are located at 255 Queen Street East #5 Brampton, ON L6W 2B8 (416) 648-4567.

18 Responses to How to Help Your Child Learn

  1. Andrea says:

    Reading out loud I totally agree with. I’m curious about the baby talk though. I honestly think it depends on the child and how they best communicate.

  2. Jenn says:

    Good to know I can baby talk for a little while at least!

  3. Brenda Burgess says:

    There are various to help your child learn but those are the top three ways.

  4. I think you can still use baby talk and enunciate clearly, don’t you?

  5. Sara Wood says:

    I am always working with my kids. Thank you for sharing

  6. These are some great tips. Thanks for sharing.

  7. Jennifer says:

    wow, I’ve always been told that baby talk isn’t good. Hasn’t stopped me though so I’m glad I’m actually helping my daughter, lol

  8. Micaela P says:

    I love the tips! Thanks so much for sharing!

  9. These are awesome tips! One thing I learned with my kids is when they don’t listen well then I give them my instructions while touching their should or arm, not grabbing, just gently touching so I have their full attention. I thought I’d share this with you all.

  10. Chelsey says:

    I think these are great tips. Reading to children is a huge help, but I’ve found that with my older daughter (7), letting her read to me is huge too. It helps her become a more established reader and it’s a great confidence booster.

  11. Lauren Rochon says:

    Thank you so much for this article. These are great tips on helping children learn to read.

  12. Marcie W. says:

    I feel like every child is different and each of them have their own learning style. It’s important to become aware of what works best for our particular kids.

  13. Cristina says:

    I appreciate the child-centered approach. Your focus on working with each child individually and making sure to spend time with them one on one, getting to know their likes and dislikes and teaching to their strengths is what boosts self-esteem and learning.

  14. InezbyDesign says:

    I am a big advocate of reading to a child and eventually allowing them to read to you. Any way you can interact with your child on his level is great. Get down and look them in the eye!

  15. Don says:

    Thanks for the tips, they would be a great help with kids, I always like to incorporate using hands and gestures, character voices & description words when reading with the kids 😉

  16. Interesting tips. Starting at home is so important.

  17. I always heard that it was bad that I used baby talk with my daughter, thanks for clearing that up!

  18. ANN*H says:

    I am a grandma now and I have always read books out loud to my kids and now my grand kids.
    Reading is very important. It give children a way to think and use their imagination. I have always tried to teach my grandkids before they started school. There are so many things that they can learn from. Thanks for the info

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