How to Develop Child’s Learning Ability during infancy. (Birth to 12 months) – LOOKER SKILLS
Adult interaction plays a major role in coloring a baby’s sensory experiences. By being aware of your child’s learning style, by examining your own actions towards him, and by offering him playthings selected with his sensory preferences in mind, you can “spoon-feed” your baby the kinds of stimulation he adores and bolster his weaker areas, as well. Whether you’re bathing, changing, feeding, playing with, relaxing with, or just working alongside your infant, both the way in which you approach him and the toys you choose can work wonders.
A child with a strong Looker skills often goes on to excel at spelling and writing, while a good listener will have an easy time building his vocabulary and learning to read. In this article we will present for further developing the skills of a baby with inborn strengths in that area. For example, you will learn how to enhance Movers skills in a mover baby. Finally techniques are presented for promoting sensory awareness in those babies who favor the other learning styles, and therefore need a boost in the skill area.
Looker Infants, of course, possess the above mentioned abilities from birth, and so will particularly enjoy their parents’ attempts to focus on their favored sense. Listener infants are social creatures, and so will probably be most receptive to those Looker activities that are liberally sprinkled with conversation. Similarly, Mover infants will be most interested in sights that are somehow connected to their love of physical activity. Here are some ideas.
Building Looker Skills (Take the Quick Check for knowing your infants Learning Style preference)
Well developed Looker skills leads to :
- strong powers of observation,
- the ability to remember what is seen,
- good eye-hand coordination, Ultimately leading to better reading and writing .
Enhancing an Infant’s existing Looker Skills.
- Suspend colorful mobiles over your baby’s crib. Using commercial mobiles made of interchangeable parts or homemade mobiles made of painted clothespins or paper plate faces will enable you to change the toy from time to time. Of course, any mobile should be kept out of baby’s reach, and must be removed altogether once he can stand.
- Indulge your baby’s need for frequent eye contact. Meet his glance, gaze at him, and let him be the one who looks away.
- Keep the lights on in the nursery during the early weeks so that your baby can look around whenever he’s awake. Once his surroundings begin to distract him and keep him from falling asleep, try a night light instead.
- Place your baby in the center of things, where he can observe family members as they go about their daily activities.
- Using photos make a picture book of the important people in your baby’s life- parents, siblings, grandparents, and baby sitter. Put each picture in a plastic sleeve, and look often at the finished book together.
- Spend time in front of the mirror with your baby. Make faces, point to the various reflections, “play” with baby’s image, and laugh together.
- Provide large colorful rings that stack from largest to smallest.
- Offer baby a first book with one colorful picture per page.
- A beginner set of blocks should be visually stimulating.
- Offer a hands-on lesson in cause and effect. You may offer various activity center that provides multiple opportunities for baby to push, move, spin, and pull.
Encouraging the development of LOOKER Skill in infants who are LISTENER.
- Remind baby to “see”. Point out and name household objects, using the word “see” each time. Show exaggerated surprise or excitement, or act out the same with a stuffed animal when coming upon a special sight.
- Play “Where are your eyes?” “Where are the teddy bear’s eyes?” “Where are Daddy’s eyes?” etc. Cover or close your eyes each time to help baby connect the eyes with seeing.
- When your baby attempts an eye-hand activity, like stacking colored rings or fitting together pieces of a toy, provide a commentary of his actions to help keep him interested.
- Make a finger puppet by drawing a face on your index finger. Make a game of baby’s following the wriggling finger with his eyes. Talk to your Listener.
- Play with a jack-in –the box, and encourage your baby to watch for the character’s reappearance.
- While driving, point out familiar or interesting sights to your baby: “See our house/” Later ask him to locate them on his own. Don’t hesitate to stop the car for a closer look at anything unusual.
- Play peek-a-boo with your baby, hiding your face, his face, or a toy beneath your hands or a light blanket, and then making it reappear.
- Provide an oversized, colorful set of beginner blocks.
Encouraging the Development of LOOKER skills in infants who are MOVERS.
- When holding your baby for a bottle-feeding, be sure to switch him from side to side, just as breastfed babies are moved from breast to breast. This will stimulate each of his eyes in turn.
- Time spent crawling is important to the development of visual skills. Take care not to rush past this stage in favor of baby’s standing.
- Make continuous eye contact with your baby while you feed, diaper, bathe, hold and talk to him.
- Baby MOVERS love being on the go. You can take even a very young baby on sightseeing outings, keeping him in a backpack or your arms for maximum interaction. The sunlight and new sights will offer a variety of visual treats.
- Provide toys which produce lights when some action is done on it like pressing button or kicking etc.
- Movers love bathe time. Take this opportunity to develop visual skills, Use lot of colorful water toys.
- Push baby in a stroller through your neighborhood. Point out objects of interest: a neighbor on his porch, a cat on the sidewalk.
- As you work and play with your infant, please do not limit yourself to the suggestions above. Toy store inventories change constantly, so it may well be that an item you have decided to purchase now sits alongside a similar toy that’s even easier to use, or perhaps better suited to your baby. No one knows your child better than you, after all. So now that you use the information in the website to determine your babies’s playing and learning needs, feel free to consider both your own tastes and your baby’s personality when making toy and techniques selections.
- Please bear in mind that visible results may be slow when you attempt to encourage an infant’s weaker areas. And remember that efforts to round out your child’s development contradict his inborn sensory urges. You may not see signs of improvement, or even enjoyment, on your baby’s part for weeks. But gentle perseverance should eventually overcome your infant’s resistance.
- Remember that your goal is a happy confident learner, not an honor student. Have fun, and be sure to enjoy every endearing moment of infancy as you interact with your baby.
Read my other articles for complete understanding of your CHILDS Learning Skills.
To see how you can ENHANCE and DEVELOP various skills of your infant yourself, click the links below.
How to Develop Child’s LISTNER Skills during INFANCY.
How to Develop Child’s MOVER Skills during INFANCY.
How to maximize Child’s LOOKER Skills during INFANCY.
To Take a Quick Check of your child’s Learning Styles, click the links below.
Learning Styles in INFANCY Quick Check (Birth to 12 months).
Learning Styles in Toddler Quick Check (13 months to 3 years).
Learning Style Quick Check in Preschooler (3-5 years).
Learning Style Quick Check for Kindergarteners (5-6 years).
Learning Style Quick Check for Grade 1 (6-7 years).
Learning Style Quick Check for Primary Scholar (9-10 years).
Learning Style Quick Check for Teenager (13-14 years).
Learning style Quick Check for Parents.
See How you can ENHANCE and DEVELOP various skills of your Child during various stages, click the links below.
Infancy (Birth to 12 months).
Toddler (13 months to 3 years).
Preschooler (3-5 years).
Kindergarteners (5-6 years).
Grade 1 (6-7 years).
Primary Scholar (9-10 years).
Teenager (13-14 years).
To determine your personal learning style and its influence on your child, click the links below.
Take the learning style Quick Check for Parents.
PARENTS Learning Styles and Life Styles Quick check
Why Identify and Modify Learning Style
How Parental Learning style influences a Child’s style