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Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Teaching Young Kids

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....
  1. read, read, read and read to them
  2. talk, talk, talk and talk to them
  3. listen, listen, listen and listen to them
  4. play, play, play and play with them
  5. laugh, laugh, laugh and laugh with them
  6. 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.


  1. Sometimes i just feel no mood to play with the Little Boy, so he always left playing alone which make me feel guilty to see! What a Mother!

  2. I agree with you totally about read, talk, listen, play, laugh and sing. I also have probs with the play and listen part. I tend to let my kid play on her own while I blog or surf the net...bad mother aren't I?

  3. leeyen,
    Its the same with me too. I feel guilty seeing him playing all by himself sometimes.

    Same here anna, then I feel guilty and tell myself tomorrow will be different but ..... :P

  4. Really, sometimes I also feel guilty for playing with them with part of my mind was somewhere else. Finally they knew :(

    Oh playing, playing...I love to do that if I don't have a household works everyday, just have kids and husband . LOL!

  5. henny,
    They always know when I'm not giving them my full attention.

    Wouldn't it be nice to play all day without responsibilities? Haha.

  6. It's not easy to be a mother. We have so many roles to play and I'm not sure if anyone could play all the roles so well. I think I can't. So, I guess, we will all try our best to be the superwoman.

  7. jo-n,
    Then we try our best not to feel guilty for not being able to be a super supermom. Hahaha.

    mommy to chumsy,
    Its a reminder to myself too. Hehe.

  8. haha, seems all our time need to be dedicated to our little ones :D

    anyway I agree to do so, isn't it a happy moment? ...

  9. martini,
    Yes, they are happy moments indeed.

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