There are two kinds of knowledge transfer: transferring past learning to a present situation and transferring present learning to a future situation. Your child’s past learning influences her new learning. When she learns to transfer previously learned information to her everyday life, she can solve problems in practical and meaningful ways.
Play is an essential part of your child’s learning, brain development, and health. All stages of your baby’s physical, emotional, and mental development integrate through play.
Your child is unique in her strengths, weaknesses, aptitudes that inspire her, and gifts that she has to contribute to the world. She has unique talents that satisfy her and help her find meaning and purpose in her life.
Concept development, unlike memorization, builds on the other methods of learning and uses higher mental functions, such as being deliberate, solving problems, and thinking strategically.
When your baby has an experience, she learns by taking in information through her senses in a distinct way and attempts to adapt to her environment. Based on experience and learning, she spontaneously adjusts her behavior. She naturally revises, reshapes, and restructures new knowledge to meet her needs in her environment.
Your child’s first few years are a unique period for language and literacy learning. With your help, your baby first learns to babble, to say single words, to speak in phrases, and to speak in complex sentences. On average, at 18 months old, toddlers learn about 10 words per month, and by two years old, most children can say at least 50 to 100 words.
Memorization is one way that your child learns. Her brain’s capacity to hold information is unlimited. Your baby takes in information, stores it, relates the information to existing ideas, and then retrieves it when she needs it.
Repetition strengthens and reinforces connections in your child’s brain. At the same time, connections that she does not use are eventually eliminated. Reinforcement is a way of learning that uses lower mental functions, because it is based on reactivity.
Your baby learns indirectly by observing your actions and then mimicking them. At a very young age, she imitates your facial expressions and gestures, and she learns language by copying the words that she hears. These imitations can become lifelong behaviors.