Early childhood education:
As you all may know the early 5 years of life is the most critical times of the brain development and early learning period of a child. What happens in the first 5 years of life, lasts a lifetime. We can influence a generation in 5 years. If we want to change the society, we must change the way we teach our youngest children. We must change the way we support families. We must think how we invest for the early childhood education of our children. We must change the way we teach our teachers. We must make our teachers understand that they are holding our little children’s souls in their charge and that every day is a phenomenon. We need to brighten the life of children for their charge. When it comes to hiring teachers, we need to think how we invest. We need to carefully evaluate teachers for this position.
The 5 critical components that teachers need to know:
1. Teachers must understand the emotional developments of the students in their classrooms.
2. We need teachers to understand who they are. Teachers teach who they are. In most situations teachers come to classroom traumatized which has so much effect on children.
3. We need teachers to understand temperament of the students whether that child is fierce, fearful, feisty, flexible, we need them to know, “who is in front of me”?
4. Results has shown that early childhood educators have a tendency of being a fearful temperamental profession. So when you have teachers who have come out of a fearful temperament and they are working with feisty kids or traumatized kids, they have a tendency to oppress children. So we have to have teachers begin to understand their inner souls.
5. We have to have teachers understand the family history of the students. Where they belong?, what is their family histories and begin to create a synergistic experience with their families and to be able to host the families where they are.
Children and Learning environment:
We also need to take into consideration today’s environment. Our environment is so explosive today and there is so much toxicity in our environment. This is why there is so much opportunity for the teacher to set with the child, to be present with the child and to nurture them along their souls. This is how our children will feel emotionally secure or safe because they will have someone to talk more like a partner to help. If they feel emotionally safe, they will take academic risk. Our system has a tendency to teach children to the head first but we have to teach them to the soul and heart first.
When children enter the kindergarten, this is the time when they must be ready and have the resiliency necessary to take them into the next adventure and school is their next adventure not an odious experience.
We should begin thinking how we should invest in our time, talent and treasures for early childhood education which will compound the investment as they go to the elementary, middle school and high schools.
Language Nutrition of our Babies:
Here is a very informative video I would like to share with you which is about the language nutrition of the baby in their early ages. Just same as the food nutrition which is critical for the growth and development of the bodies of our baby, language nutrition is also extremely important for their brain growth and development. As shown in the video, language along with the interaction of mother brings a huge positive effect the development of neurons. It stimulates the neurons and through repetitions of language and repetitive simulations the neurons get stronger and stronger and stronger and it branches out stronger so there is capability of learning.
What happens if the neurons do not get stimulated by language? If the neurons do not get stimulated, they shrink and die. So there will be no learning. By live experience I know people who were not living the ideal standard of living of today’s well-developed social economics society during the early ages of their childhood. They were actually looking very normal people like you and me. They loved to live a happy life, loved to dress up and get out of home, loved to look exactly like you and me but they were not able due to one thing. That one thing was reading to their children and writing. They were not even able to solve their own problems when it came to daily essential tasks which depended on reading.
This is how important it is to interact with our children through language and communication, before even admitting them to a daycare and school; parents are their first teacher. The whole life of our children depends on us (parents) due to the early exposure in language and our interaction and ability to engage in order to stimulate their brain repetitively to help build and develop their neurons or brain process.
Cooperation of gradians, parents and caregivers along with teachers:
Once they are admitted to day cares, we need to check the agenda of the daycare very regularly, on a daily basis to see how our child’s day went. How much they slept? Did they eat well? What they ate? How much they ate? Were they lacking sleep? Were they attentive during the lessons? Were they participating in a satisfactory level? How was their diaper training going on? Are they asking for permission to go to the bathroom instead of their diapers? We need to check the menu of the daycare every single week. If possible, it is a good idea to take a quick picture of the menu to have it at your approach everyday so that you cook something different at home than what the daycare had offered on that day. Sometimes if children have a meal in the daycare which will be the same as they had at home, they will simply refuse to eat at that day in the daycare and will remain empty stomach and moody all day.
During their regular follow up at daycare, we should talk to their teachers to let them know about our expectations. What do we need from the teachers in the development of that specific skill which we are looking to build into our child. All children are different. They are created with different and unique abilities. Children are never the same and we must never ever compare them to the rest of the children in the daycare. Some children are highly skilled in Math while others are more into Arts depending on the simulations they received in their early ages.
It is always our responsibility to write down on a piece of paper about the characteristics of our child in order to help the teacher know better our child. Sometimes day cares have some sort of papers or forms in which they ask questions about the habits of our baby. They want to know about all their likes and dislikes and whether they are having any allergies or not and if any other things which concerns us. If there are things which concerns us, we must absolutely mention that without any hesitation and feeling embarrassed because if those little concerns will not get to correction into the daycare, further during their school it is going to become a huge issue and affect their learning period in the school. This causes so much delay in the progress of their lessons.
Building a good routine and consistency:
During their daycare period, we have to have a schedule set up to be able to better manage the engagement with our child. Our concentration should remain more on the skills which we want to develop more within our child.
If we set up a schedule, it will help our child to remember the routine and adapt the habit of consistency. This habit will lead to further task organizations during their school life which will result into great success in their lifetime. If we can teach our children how to be organized with their environment or surroundings as well as their mental tasks in their early ages, they will adapt that and will become the person who have those qualities and will benefit for the rest of their lives.
Physical and Mental Organization:
Physical organization and mental organization are extremely important for the success of our child. No matter what job they apply to, where they work and to whom they work, organization skills are seen as important assets which adds up more value to their employer as well as themselves later during their career.
An organized guardian and or mother helps their child to focus better by maintaining a good and clean environment. The more organized we are, the better we could concentrate towards the engagement with our child. Results of the researches have shown that people who are more organized, they are more productive. They are more trust worthy and more reliable. These people are highly accepted and could be turned to, during situations of performing an emergency task or possible unscheduled tasks which may occur suddenly.
As I mentioned that organization skills lead to productivity, it also helps your child to better memorize tasks. Not only memorize those tasks but also helps in being mentally organized. By building a good routine, your baby will know right away what is coming next and they will get excited for all the varieties of those tasks they already know which are coming up next.
The first 5 years were called the most critically important learning period because all the life of our baby depends on that. It will determine who they become as an individual, as they grow up. Here is a very interesting video I would like to share with you.
Importance of Home Schooling Beside Daycare and School:
Daycare education is not enough to depend on. We need to surround our children with educative toys, tools, books, posters and blocks etc. to make our own home a learning and playful environment for our children. One of the ways our babies learn from is through playing with toys. Their Math skills depend enormously on playing. Through playing, they discover the numbers and Math.
The journey does not end once your child will be admitted to daycare or school. Even though they will be engaged with their teachers but still they will need their parent’s full support. We need to be there and fully emotionally and physically present for them in each and every step of their life. We need to go through their back packs every day and see if there are some lessons which are due for homework or if any repetitions required as recommended by the teachers.
Majority of parents already know these information but I am sure and confident that they will be helpful to new parents. As I myself have gone through that period and know exactly what new parents need to know. What will be their concerns and which problems will they be dealing with in terms of education during their early ages, healthy growth, food nutrition, language nutrition and how to develop their organizational skills.
A home full of blocks, Lego, toys, books, posters and charts is a home in which your child’s early childhood education, Math skills and Language skills will get into birth each and every single day until they start daycare or school. This learning of words through play and through your interactions on a daily basis will accumulate and increase by the passage of time which will develop their brain’s neurons more and stronger. The stronger their brains were developed during their early childhood, the more successful they will become as an individual with their high school, collage and university education.
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