Soon, the new school year. And with her, always the same questions that come back to haunt the spirit of moms: on the fringe of the school, what educational games to choose to promote the desire to learn and the natural curiosity of my child?
Let’s begin with a somewhat harsh observation for our good old national education: in terms of reading, a few years ago, the results obtained by young French were worrying: according to a study of the Ministry of Education dating from 2001 At the age of ten, 40% of students had difficulty understanding a text of ten lines, struggling to establish links between the different parties or to place them in the context of a common knowledge. 11% did not understand the meaning of common words, 14% were considered to have serious reading difficulties. The scapegoat? The so-called global reading method!
Today, 10 years later, the controversy seems outdated, the main balances would have been found between the good method of the past and the global, the masters agreeing on mixed or integrative methods.
However, should we wait until the age of 6 to encourage his child to read, write, count?
If it made sense when the school, only place of learning, started at this age, today, the child is stimulated permanently from the age of 2-3 years. Snail Bob 7 games, advertising, television, DVD, Internet, nursery, preschool…. Very young, he already feels the desire to decipher some messages to access information that interests him.
Some people think that one should not rush the child, or even force him too soon. Others, including many psychologists, argue that before the age of 6, the child does not have the maturity of mind necessary to read, write, count. When we think about school, we immediately consider program, method, progression … Of course, at home, with mom, there is no question of thinking a teaching of reading at this age in terms of constraints. What fun! With mom (or dad, yes!), Reading must be a game, a manifestation of her desire to grow up!
All serious research on brain development leads to this identical conclusion: the optimum period for fundamental learning, of which reading is a part, is between birth and 4-5 years. This confirms, in practice, a good number of nursery school teachers. It is possible to learn to read at this age, without specific method, without drudgery, desire, tattoos, and tests, as long as those around the child accept the dumplings, blunders, errors!
Surprisingly enough, even unthinkable at home, in the Scandinavian countries, most of the learning of reading 3-4 years is happening in front of their television! Because their programs are not dubbed as for French programs, being only subtitled, it is by following with passion their favorite cartoon, that the Scandinavian children learn to decode the characters, the situations, the feelings, and the subtitles that go with it!
The intellectual potentialities of the young child are immense. The early years of life are crucial for the acquisition of bodily or mental skills. As much to promote them! The young child learns to read as he learns to speak or walk: naturally, through continuous interaction with others. The educational games of the little ones must be imperative didactic-playful. Many educational games now exist on the market. Embossed books, fabrics, puzzles and magnetic boards, hole cards, mythical games (dominoes, 7 families, Monopoly, Clue do, Power 4 …) now exist in the junior version. Some digital consoles (Vsmile, GBA) also offer fun exercises to discover reading, writing, counting for 4-5 years, which allows them to learn the very young computer. DVD version, Adibou remains the safe value. Attractive little characters invite our little darlings to play with letters and numbers, to share a whole lot of fun activities (mushroom racing, memodingos, fashion workshop …). The right timing: 15-minute sessions (beyond, the child has trouble concentrating his attention, the teachers know it well), no more than twice a week and accompanied by a big one!
For no question of leaving the child to fend for himself, nor in front of a screen than a book, a puzzle or a board game! The more he enjoys the stimulation of those around him, the more he is goaded into the process of understanding. And then, to read for a little one, it is especially to share a moment with Papa, Mom, a big brother or a grandparent. A fundamental question of sharing and transmission of knowledge … Sequence emotion when you will for the first time surprise your little end to read in turn a story to his blanket or his favorite doll…
Reading and counting for a child is also being able to handle the many written information he needs to carry out his various projects. The adapted small kits (sewing, chemistry, pottery, gardener …) are also an excellent way to make them want to decipher with you the user manual to achieve a concrete and rewarding object to do (more or less) everything alone, which one will pose proudly on the buffet of the living room! But if we do not stop at anything…
Finally, to awaken one’s child through educational games is also to help one to constantly question the sources, the validity and the relevance of the information. Watch an educational children’s program, an animal documentary, a magazine or even a small piece of television news (by filtering the topics to anxiety …) asking him according to him where the images come from, who gives them, in what context, what he understands … The critical spirit of our delicious offspring requires to be sharpened to the techniques of capture and decoding of different media, from the book to the Internet. Each one has its specificity, its rituals, its constraints, and its culture.
Finally, it is very important to allow your child to develop from a young age his critical thinking, to let him express his emotions, to refine his choices, to adhere or not, independently of our own ideas. To have free online access to amazing online games you can visit this for unlimited fun. It’s also about being a mother … giving her the taste (and the means) of autonomy! And above all, let it evolve at its own pace. To advance, the child goes through periods of stagnation, maturation.