Tuesday, February 28, 2012
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How time flies! Shamindra is in his 14th month.
The biggest development to date is his increasing vocabulary. Shamindra has added 'ball', 'dog', 'star', 'book', 'tree' and 'bye' to his modest range of words. He tends to say 'dog' for every fury animal he sees even if it's a cat. It's an indication that he's learning to group things together. He seems to understand some basic commands and complies with them. He seems to be fond of using the word 'no' and even displays an understanding for the meaning of the word.
Shamindra recognizes his nursery rhymes especially 'twinkle twinkle little star' and opens and closes his fingers depicting the twinkling stars.
He's still very explorative. When out of his stroller, he simply takes off eager to explore his surroundings without a backward glance. We give him the space he needs to explore but stay close by for reassurance.
Shamindra is displaying fascination at how things work, and is very keen at manipulating them just to see how they work. He loves opening and closing boxes and containers; cabinet doors and fridge doors are his favorite.
Posted by: Sharmila Rajah Post(s) by this bloggerJust like any four-year old, Ayanna loves art - be it painting, drawing or making music. She spends a considerable amount of her time at home making craft and exploring her skills at painting. We love making greeting cards, engaging in free-hand painting, finger painting, colouring with crayons, and chalk. There's an adequate amount of time dedicated to art and craft at her school each week. It's a fun way of learning.
The benefits of art (according to the New York Center for Art Education):
- Children should be exposed to art as their cognitive skills mature so the brain's right and left hemispheres can develop separately and in tandem to achieve full potential.
- Children learn to think creatively and with an open mind when engaged in art.
- They learn to observe and describe, analyze and interpret.
- They learn to express their feelings, with or without words.
- Children practice problem-solving skills, critical-thinking skills and language, while exposed to the different forms of art.
- They're exposed to the understanding that there's no one straight answer but multiple points of view.
- Art is a great window into the world and its diverse cultures.
- Art builds confidence - there's no one right way to make art.
What are some of the art projects you do with your kids at home?