Early learning is generally confused with what kids learn in school or daycare. In fact, early learning starts as early as the birthday. Babies are born learning. Very young kids learn through play, the active exploration of their environment, and, most importantly, through interactions with the significant adults in their lives.
Learning to read and write doesn’t start in kindergarten or first grade.
Developing language and literacy skills begins at birth through every day loving interactions, such as sharing books, telling stories, singing songs and talking to one another. Adults—parents, grandparents, and teachers—play a very important role in preparing young children for future school success and helping them become self-confident and motivated learners.
Early Math and Science
Children use early math skills throughout their daily routines and activities. This is good news as these skills are important for being ready for school.
But early math doesn’t mean taking out the calculator during playtime. Even before they start school, most children develop an understanding of addition and subtraction through everyday interactions. Other math skills are introduced through daily routines you share with your child, like counting steps as you go up or down. Informal activities give children a jumpstart on the more formal math instruction that starts in school.
Language and Communication
Babies communicate from day one by using gestures, sounds and expressions to share feelings and needs like hunger, sleepiness, or joy.
Even before their first words, they will develop their own unique ways of communicating with you.
There’s a lot happening during playtime. Little ones are lifting, dropping, looking, pouring, bouncing, hiding, building, knocking down, and more.
Children are more than busy when they’re playing. When your children play with you, they are also learning that they are loved and important and that they are fun to be around. These social-emotional skills give babies the self-esteem and self-confidence they need to continue building loving and supportive relationships all their lives.