When we adults think of children, there is a simple truth that we ignore: childhood is not a preparation for life; childhood is life. A child isn’t getting ready to live; a child is living.
The concept of “unhurried parenting’ may sound contradictory to us, as we fly from home to work and back. Then we may have committed our child to different activities like sports, abacus, painting etc and off again!
But if we reflect back on our own childhood memories, we may realize our favorite times, favorite places and free time that we had. And these experiences were not organized by adults.
Kids need free time to fully experience a childhood. They need time enough to wonder, to wander, to ask questions and to build their imaginations. They need time to pretend and day dream. They also need time to cry well without us trying to “fix it” fast, and they need time to laugh and develop their sense of humor.
When parents slow down, kids slow down. They also become easier to feed and easier to discipline and easier to put them to bed.
How do you feel when you’ve been sitting down for hours on end? Probably like you don’t have a lot of energy and you need to get up and move to wake yourself up a little bit! It is a known fact that physical movement promotes health.
First of all, students need to have time to get up and let their energy out! By giving children time to move and free play, they are less likely to feel pressured and can be themselves. During play time, children may role play or imitate each other. By doing this, children are able to learn how to better socialize with others. Children feel safe while they are free to play and move about!
Children learn by using their senses. They do this through play, exploration and discovery, repetition, and imitation.
Does making up a song in your head help you to remember things? This is because while you are adding a tune or melody to your words, you are stimulating neural pathways associated with higher levels of thinking. One side of your brain processes words in a song, while the other side of your brain processes the music. By stimulating both sides of your brain, you are more likely to remember things!
Not only is music important in remembering, but it can also help young children improve communication skills. Because of the fact that music has a rhythm and beat, it can help children learn the rhythm of speaking. It isn’t something that is usually thought about, but speaking involves pauses, stops, and starts, which is considered tempo!