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We have beat... fun to start the children on their musical journey early.- File Pic
Many of us have different ways of educating and teaching our kids. Learning can be done in various different forms. We decided to go on the journey of music learning.
We introduced music to our son when he was a baby. We noticed that he had a keen ear for music, especially the drums. At a young age of about eight months, he would begin moving his hands to the beat whenever there was music. We would encourage and entertain him by playing along. This has also helped him maintain his interest in music.
Now that he is two, we have our own family “jam” sessions. Our son will play his mini drums, while my husband will play a toy guitar and I play a toy keyboard.
He usually starts us off by saying “start … 1 … 2 … 3” and we all start playing while singing nursery rhymes. We then take turns to play the other instruments and sing. We usually have our jam session at least once a week to spend time and laugh together. This enhances his coordination, sense of rhythm and sound, and also passion for music.
Besides music, we are constantly learning words, numbers, shapes and colours, whether we are in the house, in the car or outdoors.
I remember when I was young, my parents used to play a game called “ I spy with my little eye”. It is a game where one person looks around the room or place and calls out the first alphabet of an object he spots and the others will have to guess what that object is.
Since my son is still very young, my husband and I decided to change the game. We look around our room and point at an object. We usually ask him, “Ooo … what is that, Jaden?” He will try to answer.
We then continue by asking “what colour is it?”, “how many are there”, “what does it sounds like?”, and “what shape is it?”
He tries to answer all our questions with a keen sense of interest. If he doesn't know the answer we will then answer, explain it to him and encourage him to repeat the answer after us a few times. We will then compliment him by saying “Yay! Clever boy, Jaden!” This allows him to learn new things every day.
We also believe in teaching our child to use the magic words – please, sorry and thank you – from a young age.
When I give him his daily vitamins, I will explain the shapes to him. Heart shape, square or circle vitamin tablets. This keeps him interested and curious.
Now he just comes to me and says, “Mum, heart-shaped vitamin, please” which is followed by a “Thank you”. No doubt the magic words have to be repeated many times until he gets them right but when he does, it just melts my heart.
Basically, both my husband and I believe that in order to continue having the interest and passion for continuous learning, the process has to be exciting and fun. This will spur the need to gain more knowledge. One would willingly want to learn rather than have to do it.
We try to incorporate this concept whenever we teach our son. As far as possible we try to make learning playful and stress-free. We also ensure that we acknowledge and compliment him when he answers correctly. This is how my family learns while having loads of fun together!
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