One of mycousins has a 2 year old boy. She told me that children are very observant andcan learn things very quickly. Small children are natural copycats.
Preschoolers learn a lot by watching what we do and then trying it themselves —whether it’s positive or negative. So it is very necessary for us to watch whatwe do.Studies have proven that if a child startsschool with a certain set of skills and habits, a behavior to learn more willenable them to take at most advantage of everything that the school and its environmenthas to provide to the child.
Some skills come naturally to the child, whilesome need to be infested through an environment that promotes learning. What I’ve observed in the younger age groupof 2-5 years is that songs and rhymes are very helpful in teaching andentertaining these tiny toddlers. There are so many good reasons for usingmusic and rhymes with little children, but the most important is that it isgreat fun for both the child and the parent, and that shared enjoyment is awonderfully bonding, positive experience.
But above all else it is fun!With thehelp of my cousin, I have chosen 5 videos that can be shown to a preschoolerwhich include counting, role play, storytelling, with plenty of actions andmovement, all invaluable tools for learning. The list is as follows: (1) ABCD’s (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ETLTkjSix5g )(2) Five little ducks ( https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tmoebx4gbs4 )(3) Old MacDonald had a farm (https://www.
youtube.com/watch?v=9EQjDEpzSU8 )(4) The Wheels on The Bus ( https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zbiFZKt5irI )(5) Twinkle Twinkle little Star ( https://www.
youtube.com/watch?v=Py-J_LvPLnI )In the fourth video, “The Wheels on the Bus”, the girl who is singing the songkeeps asking questions. When the kid watches the video multiple times, he growsused to the questions posed by the girl in the video, and may even startanswering to them.
Even if he doesn’t answer to the questions, he may simplybegin to sing along or clap to the tune. Every time my cousin’s son watches thevideo, he starts jumping and laughing. This is the reason why”The Wheels on the Bus” is on every playgroup’s favorite list;the lively actions never fail to get everyone joining in!Another aspect of these videos which is to beconsidered is the color of the video. Color has a powerful affect on the moodand behavior of the child. It is therefore, very important for us to considerthe dominant color of the video before showing it to the child.
Bright colourssuch as red, yellow, blue, green, pink and white can attract the kid’sattention and also promote a welcoming feeling. For ex. the color of the bus inthe first video is bright, same is it with the animals and dress of the girl.
Children are more fascinated by those videos whichthey can relate to- videos which show things they see and hear every day. Thevideo “The Wheels on the Bus”, shows a bus, its doors, its wheels, the driver,the passengers, etc. It talks about what sounds each of these elements make. Talking and listening are extremely valuablefor school success, and parents have countless opportunities to develop theirchild’s language skills.
It is therefore very important for parents to be verycareful about choosing the right kind of videos for their children and alsoshowing these videos in the correct sequence, so it is simple for the child tolearn and absorb the content.