Is there a such thing as teaching your child too early? Like sight words, addition, numbers.
This question crossed my mind during a recent conversation between myself and my husband. Our daughter Laelah is two(she will be three in October.) and we both began working with her on her education at what some may consider to young of an age.
When Laelah was an infant I would sing her songs while I nursed her through the day. The ABC song, the itsy bitsy spider and many more. Counting was incorporated as time passed on. At about 6 or 7 months I noticed that Laelah would repeat after me while I was saying the alphabet. Initially I though little of it but with time her pronunciation became clearer. By the time Laelah was one she could say the alphabet in its entirety and before she was 18 months she could recognize all 26 letters both lower and upper case.
When I searched âwhen should I start teaching my child the alphabet?” On google, this was the answer given.
Personally I do not agree with this. I believe that while each child is different they should all be challenged and encouraged to learn no matter the age. Children are like sponges, they absorb information even when we think that they are not. Each day as parents we unknowingly pass information to our children, I feel as though I should counteract the not so great things with beneficial spouts of knowledge.
Laelah showed an interest of learning at a young age, so I felt the need to help her Continuously grow in that direction. The argument is not if I should cut back on teaching Laelah but if I should stop “pushing” her because she is so young.
To clarify, I do not sit her in a corner for hours at a time bombarding her with information and reference sheets, or expect her to know something that I have not gone over with her several times. I simply use the method of repetition in many forms. I make games out of every day scenarios, I use flash cards, read books, draw pictures, sing songs, compose songs even. Admittedly I occasionally get irritated when Laelah pretends to not know something that I know for a fact she knows. In those moments I either change gears or send her into time out. This is where my husband and I do not see eye to eye.
Children are known to not have very long attention spans. They get antsy, behave in a silly manner and if pushed to hard they can completely shut down. Khalil believes that I should not get upset with Laelah when she pretends to not know something, that she is just a child and that I should not expect so much from her because she is a two year old.
Events in our early child hood can severely affect us in the future, I agree.
Yes,Laelah is only two, but she has proven and continues to prove every day that she is special and more than capable to exceed expectations. For us to not break barriers that she sets for herself would be foolish. We are encouraging the expansion of her mind and I know that it is important for us to do so.
Anyone has the capability of speaking on how you should raise your child even when they think your child should reach a particular milestone. It’s up to you to do what is in your child’s best interest. Shower them with love and always see more in them than what others do.
So is there a such thing as teaching your child too early? I say no if a child is willing to learn why not teach them! You can sing a song and if it teaches your kid the planets, go for it. I am a stay at home mom and teaching my daughter gives me so much purpose, but I can admit that it is not easy. We are all just doing the best we can for our little number one fan(s)! (Our babies)❤️
Below is a video of my Laelah showing of what she has learned this week!
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