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.
Research shows that if children start schoolwith a strong set of attitudes and skills that help them “learn how tolearn,” they will be better able to take advantage of educationalopportunities. While some learning skills come naturally to children, otherscan be developed through a supportive environment.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. Singing songs will help the child learnthrough dances and actions and the opportunity to role play and dress up. 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. There is a limit to the amount ofmeaningful conversation that is possible with a small child – songs and rhymesprovide non-demanding communication and create a happy, relaxed atmosphere inthe home. Certainly, by developing an early love for music it helps children todevelop the skills needed for learning. It increases concentration, confidence,cognitive and memory skills.
In other words, it builds a firm foundation foreducation. 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. After watching the video for atleast 2-3 times, the kidmay start answering the questions along with the girl in the video, or may singalong, or clap along the tune of the song. Every time my cousin’s son watchesthe video, he starts jumping and laughing. This is the reason why”The Wheels on the Bus” is on every playgroup’s favourite list;the lively actions never fail to get everyone joining in! Little toddlerscan grasp the simple and repetitive actions well before they can join in withthe words and there is plenty of opportunity for the older ones to improvisewith all sorts of extra actions.What the child will learn from this activity?(1) Imaginative moves to the music (2) Rhythm recognition and developing a steady beat (3) Speech development and Vocabulary (4) Pitching notes and remembering the tune(5) Motor Skills(6) Remembering actionsAnother aspect of these videos which is to beconsidered is the colour of the video.
Colour has a powerful affect on the moodand behavior of the child. It is therefore, very important for us to considerthe dominant colour 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 colour of the busin the 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. Alittle child is familiar with these things and its sounds, which makes himinterested because children are always excited and curious to learn more. 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. The right kind of videos can help the child learnand grow.