Do you think that if you have to read “One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish” one more time, you will lose your mind? Do you, in fact, know it by heart? Congratulations! You’re a great parent! Here at Lit’l Scholars Learning Center in Salt Lake City and Taylorsville, we know how important repetition is for preschoolers, and that’s why we include in our daycare and preschool curricula.
Repetition in Learning
Children’s brains take years to develop, and the manner in which this happens is rooted in early childhood development. If children learn trust and love and security when they are little, they will always have it, but if they don’t, they may not be able to learn it later.
Your children feel more comfortable and secure with repetition, because they know what is going to happen. Think about anxiety and where it comes from: uncertainty. When we feel uncertain about the future, it makes us nervous and uncomfortable. We then need to expend energy worrying about it and trying to figure out if we can somehow change or control the situation. That’s time we could have spent doing something productive.
When a child knows you will be there when they come home from school or when they are sick at night, if they know there will be food in the refrigerator and clean clothes in the drawers, they can turn their attention elsewhere.
You can find evidence of this type of behavior in adults as well. Do you sometimes order the same food at your favorite restaurant instead of trying something new because you are familiar with your favorite dish and it brings you comfort? Do you use the same laundry soap your mom did, but you don’t really know why?
Teaching Preschoolers Through Repetition
While adults hopefully have the confidence they need to function well in the world, the truth is that we too require repetition to learn. We may not crave it the same way preschoolers do (then again, we might!) but we nonetheless must engage in it if we expect to master new tasks and ideas.
So read “Goodnight Moon” until it falls apart and you need to get a new copy. Answer “Where’s Daddy?” dozens of times a day. Wash their favorite dinosaur turtleneck while they’re asleep and hang it up to dry so they can wear it again tomorrow. Do the Curious George puzzle over and over and don’t feel bad about neglecting the puzzle with kittens.
Preschool & Childcare in SLC & Taylorsville
Here at Lit’l Scholars Learning Center, we know that raising kids is both the hardest and the most rewarding job ever. And we’re here to help you do it, with our daycare, preschool and after school programs — and all the advice and wisdom from our many years of experience. Call today to find out more about Lit’l Scholars Learning Center classes and programs.