Early Childhood Development During The First 3 Years

“The nursery rhyme is essentially poetical because essentially musical.” – Belgian poet, biographer and Professor Emile Leon Cammaerts (1878 – 1953). Nursery rhymes, whether spoken or paired with tunes, are indeed musical and rhythmic. They also tend to be short and, thus, easily repeated. And, of course, they lend themselves naturally to accompaniment with playful games. All this, combined with the good feelings adults tend to experience passing along rhymes and songs of childhood, make the sharing of nursery rhymes a rich learning experience for Baby.

Baby’s emotions and motor development are interrelated. Each new skill brings frustration during the learning and delight upon mastery. As Baby learns to walk, she may express stress through tantrums, which are a sign of her developing independence.

Baby’s games are actually Baby’s work. As Baby plays, she is exploring details of shape, texture, movement, taste, and more. The world around her begins to make sense as she explores the objects in it.

Adult and Baby will flourish in an environment where choices are given, movement is incorporated within the activity and Adult learns to adjust the stimulation to match Baby’s temperament.

In order to know the difference between left and right, Baby must first feel, in her body, the difference between left and right.

Allowing adults the opportunity to explore a musical instrument or to experience the presumed complexity of round singing in a relaxed, non-pressured atmosphere is an important facet of parent / caregiver / baby growth. It is not essential that the adult be proficient in music making for baby to benefit from the experience.

One of Baby’s primary assignments during the first three years is to learn to make things happen. This includes discovering qualities of objects, how things work, how to use objects as tools, how to plan, and how to make a plan work. Playing with Baby with items such as the scarf and paper plate helps Baby do her homework.

Mobile infants want and need to feel competent. They are able to perform many tasks and should be allowed to do so as often as possible.
Baby will remain interested in playing with toys which are flexible and open-ended. Simple items, such as paper plate and scarf, encourage her creative play and expression.

In the first 2 years, Baby is starting to understand spatial relationships through concepts such as up, down, inside, outside, over, under and around. She learns these concepts by experiencing space and moving through it.

Opportunities now for baby to move up, down, inside, outside, over, under and around will help her to understand, integrate and use these spatial concepts as she grows.

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