Expecting moms, is your baby’s room ready?
One of the greatest support systems for your child’s early education is an environment that is conducive to learning. The ideal baby’s room that fosters learning is one that is print-rich. The print-rich concept is simply print on the walls that one can learn from. Studies have shown that print-rich classrooms serve as teaching tools for students’ wandering eyes. For example, a teacher stands before a class introducing one of the parts of speech and a student who happens to be bored with the verbal introduction diverts his attention elsewhere – he is not getting the lesson. However, the teacher has the eight parts of speech on the wall in colorful posterboard which the student’s eyes fall on. The student reads them and acquires the lesson afterall. This same concept can be used in the baby’s room.
When I was a younger mom with two children, two years apart, I decorated their bedroom using the Pooh Bear theme. But the highlight of their room was the alphabet in primary colors (red, yellow and blue) lining the perimeter of the room, high up, near the ceiling. And I also included words that were familiar to them in large, colorful print (they were about 2 and 4 at the time and they learned to read quickly).
So treat your little one to a headstart on education by decorating the baby’s room appropriately. You can begin by posting colorful letters of the alphabet around the room (a different color for every letter or create it in a pattern). Also, point these out to your baby identifying each one and the sounds they make. You could also post short vowel, single syllable words like cat, dog, mop, hop and pictures along with them.
Be a teacher at home and the formal classroom will not be foreign to your little one.
Antoinette Clinton, M.Ed.