I read somewhere that the best thing you can do to teach your young child is to read, read, read to them or something along those lines. I can't remember it exactly. I would like to add to that. I think that when teaching young kids, the best method is to....
- read, read, read and read to them
- talk, talk, talk and talk to them
- listen, listen, listen and listen to them
- play, play, play and play with them
- laugh, laugh, laugh and laugh with them
- sing, sing, sing and sing with them
Its not just about getting out the books and making them write their ABCs or solve problems in their activity books. When you read, talk, listen, play, laugh and sing with them, they learn too.
I think, I'm ok in the reading, talking, laughing and singing part but I am poor in the playing and listening part. I know this because I constantly get these....
"Mummy, play with us."
"Mummy, you long time never play with us already."
"Mummy, you said you will play with us yesterday, and today, you say you will play with us tomorrow!"
"Mummy, are you listening?!"
"Mummy, are you listening or are you just pretending to listen?" (lol.)
Yes, I am poor in those areas and need to improve on them. However, its really hard as my ears sort of tune off when the kids talk non-stop. I find that the kids talk in a rather descriptive manner. In order to get their point across, they can really beat around the bush! Halfway through I often tune off.
Playing is another area I need to improve on. I can't concentrate on play when my mind is always thinking of things I need to do etc. I should set aside time to sit and just play. During the time I set for playing my "job" for that moment should be to play and nothing else. The kids really love it when someone just sits there and plays with them without being distracted.