Thursday, July 09, 2009

The journey of learning

The thing with kids growing up is that it happens so gradually that you don't realize it usually, unless you happen to see an old photo and say, "Oh hey, look at that!" It is even more difficult to notice the growth in their intelligence and reasoning and knowledge of things.
But when you have a toy or a book that has been with you throughout, you have a kind of yardstick to note how your child has grown.

Let me explain.



The two toys in the picture, for example, have been with us ever since Puttachi has been a few months old. We had kept the Channapatna stacking toy away until she stopped putting things into her mouth, but the other toy, the one with shaped blocks, she has chomped through her teething.

So first, it was only good for biting. As she grew slightly older, she liked to look at and feel the blocks, and place them one over the other. After a while, I tried to teach her the concept of dropping the blocks into the box through the shaped holes. I still remember, when I said, "Put this in the box", Puttachi had looked at me quizzically, removed the yellow lid, and dropped the block into the box. Yeah, yeah, smart alec.;)

But one day, suddenly, she realized what it was all about. She took each block, tested it against each shape and dropped it. Then came the time she would look at the block, look at each shape and then drop it correctly.

And now? Now she even mouths "This is a green triangle, this is a blue circle" and drops it in. So the whole journey from biting the blocks to naming their shapes and colours has been one big journey which I have been able to actually notice.

Similarly, the stacking toy. She now can stack it from biggest to smallest and vice versa all along telling me all the colours.

There are some books too which tell the story of the learning journey. Previously, she would just look at the pictures and gurgle, then she would point out objects if I named them. Then came the time she named the objects herself, and soon she was old enough to listen to and understand the story herself, and now she tells me the story herself.

I have said it before, but I never cease to marvel at this journey. It is a miracle.
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10 comments:

Sanjay M said...

Fascinating observations Shruthi :)

I hear babies crying, I watch them grow
They'll learn much more than I'll never know
And I think to myself what a wonderful world
Yes I think to myself what a wonderful world.

- What a Wonderful World Lyrics

Bhargav said...

Yup...good observation. Do you remember the time when she picked the hammer and said "Thap Thap". Then she knew what the object was for...and I guess now she can say hammer!

alwayshappykya said...

Identifying colors, shapes, numbers et all makes one proud as a parent.. marveling at how much their little baby has grown.

But, do you not slightly miss the innocent baby who just gurgled at the pictures and shapes a few months back?

I have..with my cousins kids..and surely some day with my own too :)

SloganMurugan said...

Isn't life beautiful?

Raj said...

These blocks are real educational tools. They help the child develop dexterity with their hands, acquire colour sense, identify shapes and get a feel of the texture ( wooden, plastic, etc). The child may appear destructive, but is constantly learning. if you watch National Geographic, you will find equivalents in the animal world as well, with the cubs learning the ropes through their playfulness.

Viky said...

:)

praneshachar said...

yes its a marvellous journey simply great and one of the happiest phase of life. for u its more so as you are capable of recording each and every moment of it.
god bless puttachi and her amma (not to forget appa )
pranesh

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Nagesh.MVS said...

Isn't life beautiful?

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