May 24, 2010

Learning is Fun

I have heard people say and I have read many times that children learn more indirectly (informally) than directly (formal teaching), and you have to let them learn in their pace, pressing them for learning fast is a blunder. Now I'm being a witness of all this great truth. Aryaa is learning many things very fast these days, but all without our 'direct' or 'formal' teaching, except than our pasting of some posters with numbers and alphabets in our rooms.  In day care center (kindergarten) she goes to too, they have emphasis on 'learning by playing' and 'learning through daily life activities'.

She is very much interested in numbers and alphabets these days. It all started without much effort from our side. 

The process started with '8' more than a year ago. She was playing in the near by children park. She got interested in the number written in the small 'rocking chair' (see-saw?). You can see the actual place in the photo below (taken a few months later).

 the "8" which started Aryaa's interest in numbers

"What is this (written)?"
"It's HACHI (eight)." hr mother replied.

After that for many days, this world was "HACHI" (eight) for her. She would say "HACHI" loudly whenever wherever she saw "8". Her interest got extended other digits too after a couple of weeks and going out with her started to become a big 'difficulty' for us:) She would suddenly stop walking and start saying "TWO-NINE-ZERO-FIVE--------" looking at some signboards. She would also start reading vehicles' number plates and when those vehicles moved without her finishing reading, she would start crying:))

It was the combination of digits that she got interested in after that, which is still continuing. She asks us "What is '2' and '3'?" , "What is '5' and '5'?"----. She keeps forgetting most of them, it will certainly take some time for her age. 

After numbers, it was Hiragana syllabary of Japanese language. "" (no) was the luckiest one:))  For Aryaa, its shape was funnier than others'. She was interested in this one only for many days. It was just like "8" while going out, and she would also search "" in her storybooks. Then it was "" (a), her name in Japanese begins with this. Other alphabets too came gradually. She remembered most of them by trying to read labels in packages, hoarding boards, displays in stations etc.  She now has remembered almost all Hiragana and Katakana syllabary.
The story for English alphabets started from big "P" that she saw in parking area. With the similar process, she got interested in and remembered other letters too. As I wrote in my previous post too, one of her favorite videos in YuuTube these days is "Strange A, B, C---".

Nepali (Devnagari) letters are yet to begin. Currently Aryaa doesn't show much interest in them, might be because she doesn't see much of them in her 'daily life' here. We may have to wait until we go back to Nepal. 

I think almost all the parents of growing kids have similar experiences. Every child is unique and every child has his/her unique interests but the learning pattern, more or less, is similar. They learn fast when allowed to explore by themselves. Encouragement and availability of learning environment/materials is necessary too, but pressure isn't going to work with kids.

May 17, 2010

Her favorite videos

These are a few of Aryaa's favorite videos (in YouTube), that she gets chance to watch when one of her parents is out and the other one is busy. 

This one is called "Strange A, B, C---". It's intended to make kids interested in English alphabets and remember them fast.

Next is Hello Kitty. She doesn't understand English yet, but loves to watch this one. 

She still loves to watch this DORAEMON song, but not as much as a year ago.

And this one was not intended for her:) I was making a play list of my favorite video/songs about Buddha and Aryaa saw and got interested in this video. When asked what she liked in it, she said "Buddha's face and head is KAKKOI ('cool').". LOL.

May 8, 2010


Golden Week is over.  We visited a couple of parks with Aryaa.

In Meijo Park

In Kid-station in a local mall

 In Nagoya Wild Flower Garden

Finally, enjoying in a river near home.