The whole future of your youngster’s education depends on what you decide to teach him or her. This decision is acerbated by the fact that whatever you do decide to teach your child will be learned by it with ease and quickly.
But before we give you advice on what to choose, let us say: continuous practice is the key. Whatever you choose to teach your child, make sure it is exposed to it for a little bit of time each and every day.
So when thinking about what to teach your child, we suggest: think about how you can support your little one in how he / she wants to express themselves and encourage them to do that and to fail along the way.
Is it a second language? Well, in that case songs are a really effective method to learn new words and strengthen pronunciation. It’s also important to talk to your child in the target language as much as possible. Don’t be concerned about explaining grammatical rules of the language. Simply expose your child to the spoken word, and he / she will soak it up in no time.
With any learning, it’s of utmost importance to treat your child as you would treat an adult. Be respectful and loving, but also voice criticism when there is a reason for it.
In the same vein, you don’t need an impressive educational background or a lot of money to be successful at teaching something valuable to your child.
So we’ve talked about languages but we also recommend to teach your child a musical instrument And here is why:
The Advantages of Teaching Your Child an Instrument
First, being able to play an instrument will greatly enhance your child’s creativity. Instruments can be played according to notes, but it is only natural for a learner to soon deviate from what’s before him and to try producing own rhythms and melodies. This is invaluable in a world full of rote work and prescripted work processes.
Second, playing a musical instrument will also help your child get in tune with the world (pun intended!). In our day and age, emotional development has been largely forgotten, so children actually stop growing emotionally between the age of 7 and 14. Music, however, is a great tool to (re-)connect with the emotional realm within us and work through the emotional challenges that life in this conditional world inflicts upon us.
So if you want to teach your child something valuable, we recommend 2 things: a foreign language and a musical instrument. In case your child’s first language is not English, we encourage you to teach him / her the English language. Otherwise, let him / her pick something that sounds nice to his / her ears.
As for musical instruments, we recommend the same. Show your child a range of instruments a guitar, a trumpet, the drums, a flute, a violin etc. – and see whatever reasonates with him or her.