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Sunday, September 22, 2013

Alphabet Phonics Perfected!

My two years and one month old daughter perfected the alphabet phonics tonight. She learned this before but I wasn't certain if she could memorize all the letter sounds. She knows the alphabet (and what each letter stands for) but phonics is a different thing because this will help her learn how to read. I tried to spell words for her to read since I knew she already know the phonics. But you know how kids are. Sometimes, they'll make fun of it.



So, I tried reviewing her the alphabet phonics tonight and she really know them all! Way to go Bella. Guess she could learn reading in no time! Bella learned the alphabet, numbers 1-10 (but now she can count until 20), animal sounds, colors, shapes, body parts and a lot more when she was 1 years old. Well actually, when she started talking, she already knew all of it. This could be the result of reading to her and letting her listen to nursery songs while she was still inside me. I also let her watch nursery songs and other baby videos that could help her learn at around 2 months old.

By the time she learned talking, she already know all of it and I was more than happy that things turned out the way I want it to be. I'm kinda running out of things to teach her each day because it seems that I have taught her everything that toddlers can learn in school. We are actually thinking of sending her to playschool so that she can also develop her social skills and she'll be able to mingle with different types of people.

To help Bella learn phonics fast, I bought her an alphabet desk and I let her watch videos like this from YouTube:



You can find many Phonics videos including those from Leap Frog Letter Factory Movie which really helped her learn it a lot easier! I found this video that used the "talking letters" from the Leap Frog Letter Factory:




We are happy about how fast Bella is learning. But life isn't just about phonics and numbers. There are still a lot of things she needs to learn especially how to control her tantrums haha. That's all for today. You might think I just wrote this to brag about my daughter's development but no, I was happy and wanted to mark this day as one of a vital step in her ladder of learning and development.

At what age did your kids learn the alphabet phonics and started reading too?

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Learning Starts in the Womb





I had always been intrigued about the idea that babies start learning while they are still in the womb. When I got pregnant, what was in my mind is for my baby to come out healthy and smart. But since it was my first pregnancy, I didn’t know how I could make her smart because if we speak of making her healthy, my doctor already gave me some vitamins and other tips for that. Making her smart is a different thing. Since I am always online, I do researches whenever questions pop in my mind. And so I researched about it.

The mother’s womb is actually a noisy place. The baby can hear the mother’s voice, heartbeat, burps, hiccups, growling stomach and others. She can also hear the sound of the bus you are riding on, your conversations with other people, the music playing while you are in the mall and many others. Babies who are exposed to different sounds and informative stuff are actually beginning to learn. When you speak to you baby, you are teaching her language development. It is also important to maintain a stress-free environment like yelling and uttering violent language for babies will hear that and might even imitate that when they grow up.

Make sure that you keep your baby away from noise. That is why I leave a noisy place at once when I was pregnant because I don’t want my baby to hear it. I play nursery songs for her and Mozart, too. Mozart’s music is very relaxing and the amazing part is I could feel her react to the songs I play.  She kicked and moved inside! It’s as if she was dancing with the tune. I was really happy that moment and I play those baby songs every now and then. Well, the only downside is, I feel sleepy by the time the song ends. My younger brother even laughed at me because he said it is I who feels sleepy. I always end up in bed after playing the songs. lol

But I also found out that even if you do not play music, the mere voice of the mother can greatly help to the babies’ learning and actually plays the most important role in teaching the baby. So, preggy moms out there, talk to your baby or read some stories to her. Through that, you are beginning to teach her. When she comes out, continue doing what you had been doing while she was inside. For sure, she will recognize those stories like the way she can recognize your voice.

As, I have said, l played nursery songs for my baby while she was still inside me. Today, she can memorize all her nursery songs at 17 months. Early teaching really starts while the baby is still in the womb and I cannot doubt that.

Here is a video about babies learning from the womb:



A research even says that babies in the womb already shows evidence of learning. Check this video:




What were your experiences mommies? 



Image Credit: Wytske