One of my
cousins has a 2 year old boy. She told me that children are very observant and
can 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 what
Studies have proven that if a child starts
school with a certain set of skills and habits, a behavior to learn more will
enable them to take at most advantage of everything that the school and its environment
has to provide to the child. Some skills come naturally to the child, while
some need to be infested through an environment that promotes learning.
What I’ve observed in the younger age group
of 2-5 years is that songs and rhymes are very helpful in teaching and
entertaining these tiny toddlers. There are so many good reasons for using
music and rhymes with little children, but the most important is that it is
great fun for both the child and the parent, and that shared enjoyment is a
wonderfully bonding, positive experience. But above all else it is fun!
help of my cousin, I have chosen 5 videos that can be shown to a preschooler
which include counting, role play, storytelling, with plenty of actions and
movement, 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 song
keeps asking questions. When the kid watches the video multiple times, he grows
used to the questions posed by the girl in the video, and may even start
answering to them. Even if he doesn’t answer to the questions, he may simply
begin to sing along or clap to the tune. Every time my cousin’s son watches the
video, 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 be
considered is the color of the video. Color has a powerful affect on the mood
and behavior of the child. It is therefore, very important for us to consider
the dominant color of the video before showing it to the child. Bright colours
such as red, yellow, blue, green, pink and white can attract the kid’s
attention and also promote a welcoming feeling. For ex. the color of the bus in
the first video is bright, same is it with the animals and dress of the girl.
Children are more fascinated by those videos which
they can relate to- videos which show things they see and hear every day. The
video “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 valuable
for school success, and parents have countless opportunities to develop their
child’s language skills. It is therefore very important for parents to be very
careful about choosing the right kind of videos for their children and also
showing these videos in the correct sequence, so it is simple for the child to
learn and absorb the content.