How to Encourage this Positive Learning ?
Anything a young child engages in, should be interesting, progressive and as much as possible natural – Meaning they choose to do something – they are not made or expected to do something.
Give your child choices, let them decide their interests and needs at this point. Have a range of fine motor activities, activities which promote order, Activities which can move from simple to complex, without changing their basic nature. Have stability and routine, introduce new experiences slowly and regularly and observe your child. If they are engaged, engrossed and happy – leave them alone! Keep reading and talking, do lots of arty crafts – lead by example! – If you do almost anything – your child will want to do the same!!
REMEMBER – it’s not really what they do at this stage it is how they do it. Academics will follow naturally and easily for a confident child.
So the next time you feel your little one is not academic, or not learning well – take a breath and look for the reason. All children have this want and need to explore and learn – it is usually only when their environment is not suitable that these ‘learning regressions’ appear and often stay for far too long.