The best way to teach a child is to make learning fun. When young children learn from a very early age that expanding their knowledge is an enjoyable experience it sets them up for life. Once a person has a love for learning it will stay with them indefinitely. The trick is to use a Montessori form of teaching that does not force them to learn, but gently nudges them in the right direction. Once a child learns to learn at their own pace, they will know that if there is ever anything that they want to know, they have the power to learn it themselves by studying or asking questions.
Playing games with flash cards is a great way to encourage early childhood learning. To them, it seems like more of a game than a learning process, but it can teach valuable lessons and starting at a very early age. Even before the major learning burst of the toddler years comes on your child can learn to love playing flash card games. They can be used to help the child begin to recognize color, shapes and even simple words at an earlier age than you may think is possible.
Educational television is another great Montessori teaching method. Everybody knows that spending too much time in front of the television is not great for a child, or even an adult for that matter. You must, however, give in every once in a while. It will make your child happy, and give you some much needed down time. Time spent watching television by no means has to be a complete waste of time. There are plenty of learning programs that are designed to be fun for kids. You can even go beyond that by being a good example. Although your baby may be too young to learn anything from the educational shows you watch, they are sure to notice that their parents love learning too.
Teach them a second language at a young age by learning it yourself. A great way to get a young child to begin to learn a second language is to learn it with them. If they feel that it is special family talk they will quickly pick it up as a way to bond with their parents. Learning a second language right from the beginning nearly guarantees fluency, which can really help later in life.
This is a guest post contributed by Giraffe Childcare.