Mom, your child has traversed the “terrible two” stage, and is now a “trusting three”.
The child is now fully charged and ready to embark on an exciting journey of new learning and discovery by getting into everything and asking questions all the time.
Your parental role therefore has an added responsibility of guiding the child’s learning and promoting the abilities, in tandem with the latter’s preschool education.
Here are the four key features selected from several others that are best suited for meaningful parental inputs at home.
1. The three year old focuses on only one aspect of a situation, at one time. It is therefore important to give your child instructions at level 1, which has just one behavior to be performed. Check out below.
Good: Meera put this water bottle in your school bag.
Confusing: Meera, fetch that book you see on that chair and put it on this table.
Note: We need to break this sentence in two segments of behavioral instructions of one level each.
Do keep this in mind when you next give daily instructions to your three year old.
2. Everything a three year old thinks of and communicates to others is about the self as the child is not able to see things from others’ perspective.
Example: At first, the three year old plays happily alongside another one, talking and thinking about their selves. Later, this type of play turns to pretend play. Do remember that these experiences are precursors to learning and living in the world around them. It is very important to go along at the children’s pace to guide them in furthering their knowledge of the world around them.
3. The three year olds are just picking up the rudiments of cognitive functions. Therefore, they cannot use logic nor can they transform, combine or separate ideas. They cannot make a symbolic or a mental representation .They believe what they actually see.
Place 3 flowers in a line with equal gaps between them. Make a parallel line but with the flowers close to each other.
The child will come to a conclusion that the first line is longer and therefore has more flowers as compared to the second line.
This example illustrates to that we need to talk with children in simple sentences and make sure that the child knows the exact subject of the talk. Therefore, if you point out the child’s misdemeanor, do so immediately.
4. A three year old thinks that almost everything is invested with life.
- Your child may think that his teddy bear is just like him and therefore he talks to it and involves it in his play, just like a family member. He may take it to bed and cover it for a good night’s sleep!
- Sometimes your child may ask you to punish the chair as it made him fall!.
- Your child will like stories told through puppets e.g.as he thinks they are real people in the story.
Tips for mothers:
Keeping in mind the key features above, you can use the following tips to make the experience of learning and discovery processes, smoother and most meaningful.
- Talk and read to the child a lot to promote language and communication skills which helps in promoting their interactional skills.
- Provide a caring, encouraging and enriched environment to the child so that he can explore and discover something new every day, thereby increasing his repertoire.
- Intervene only when meaningful and necessary, in the child’s play to give him a fair chance at independence as per his age.
Listen patiently to your child to understand him better.
- Along with close supervision, do set limits for your child as he is highly mobile and may get into risky situations such as getting locked in a room.
- Always remember that it is quite normal for your child to be faster in one area of development and show a slower pace in the other areas.
All the Best