Ever noticed how we often need science to prove things we instinctively know? While the Attachment Theory proved how parent-child bonds affect future relationships, the more recent Sutton Trust study has confirmed their impact on learning, showing that children who don’t form strong bonds with their parents:
- Suffer from poor language and behavioural development
- Are more aggressive and hyperactive as they grow older
- Are 19 months behind in school readiness by the time they’re five.
Yikes! While that sounds complicated (and scary!), the way to prevent it is pretty simple, really – spend more time together (and yes, that involves putting aside your respective gadgets).
Since your child’s beginning to learn sounds and numbers, we recommend combining bonding time and learning activities through affectionate teaching. That’s what we (at Cuweeosity) call helping kids learn with love, in a way that that they love, with someone they love (yes, we’re all about the warm fuzzies around here).
WHY IS BONDING ESSENTIAL TO LEARNING?
Parents are a child’s first teachers. As Montessori training expert and child psychologist Rajalakshmi Sivaramakrishnan says, parents are around from Day 1. Your words are the first that Junior hears, and language is the foundation of all other skills. When you’re encouraging and involved, your child finds learning enjoyable, not overwhelming. Your presence makes him or her feel safe and loved, and happy children are always the best learners, aren’t they?
WHAT KIND OF BONDING ACTIVITIES CAN WE DO?
Here are our top picks for activities that involve affectionate teaching:
- Learning activities for kids should be unstructured and fun. Casual, spontaneous games like ‘I Spy’ are great ways to teach phonic sounds, for example.
- Bring home fun educational games that require your involvement as well. Here are a few delightful learning activities from Cuweeosity, which both you and your child will love!
- Tell stories to your child and be all ears for his! Remember, don’t tell a story, act it out. Here are some great ways to make storytelling more fun and impactful.
- Read together! It helps kids learn more words and use their imagination. Plus, it’s a great excuse to cuddle.
- Get cooking in your kitchen. Point out ingredients and ask your child to identify their phonic sounds; use veggies and fruits to teach them basic maths.
- Solve a simple puzzle, like our crayon-friendly PicassoPhonics educational game, which uses colours and surprises to teach your child phonic sounds.
See, we told you helping your child become a better learner isn’t rocket science! In fact, affectionate teaching will come naturally to you because you already have that secret ingredient – love. Happy learning!