I think that most of the things that kids learn (especially at Lucas’ age of 11 months) is done through normal day to day activities and exploring. Kids learn by watching other people, listening, eating, crawling, discovering. However, I’ll admit that the other day when I read somewhere that children around this age should know their body parts, I started to wonder. Am I suppose to be teaching him this stuff right now? I need to sing the ABC’s more often! I don’t follow or necessarily worry about developmental charts or information on google fetched websites, but it still got me thinking. I sing Lucas the ABC’s while I change his diaper and I read to him quite a bit. We do signs (he does “milk” “more” and “all done” right now) and we talk all. day. long. But learning our body parts? I guess I totally forgot about that one!
So today I taught him where his head was. He caught on rather quickly and now, if he wants to play along, I’ll say Lucas! Where is your head? And he’ll touch his head. So phew. I guess I’m not a bad mom after all.
Kidding of course.
I am curious though, at what point do you begin to actually teach your children things? Or do you? My husband and I are in a slight disagreement about the use of flash cards- what are your thoughts on them? I personally think it’s silly when we try to teach young children, babies really, how to read or spell or whatever. I mean, they’re just babies. Kids. They have the rest of their life to go to school and learn. This is just my opinion. I would really love to know your thoughts on this issue!
Just for fun, here’s a look back at some of my favorite Ask the Moms post:
- Why Do You Breastfeed? One reader ask what motivates you to breastfeed your children.
- New Mom Questions: What car seat do you have, how do you bathe your children…
- How Do You Discipline Your Children? Spanking, time outs, what works for you?