- Monkey kicks in the cot
- Monkey and Mischief listen to Disney CD
- Monkey dances with mummy
- Mayhem computer- Fishing Farm game
Notice that Mayhem currently has huge interest in this game – he continues to progress at it, as he does he gets to new levels quicker- with more ease. I’m intrigued by his changing interests. Earlier he was ‘obsessed’with riding his bike-it was something he’d just learnt to do on his own accord and he was enjoying himself as he began to master it- then his focus shifted to this computer game and has kept his interest for the last week or so.
Interest pulls us toward the new, the edgy, the exotic. As Silvia puts it, interest “diversifies experience.” But interest also focuses experience. In a world too full of information, interests usefully narrow our choices: they lead us to pay attention to this and not to that.
When we’re interested in what we’re learning, we pay closer attention; we process the information more efficiently; we employ more effective learning strategies, such as engaging in critical thinking, making connections between old and new knowledge, and attending to deep structure instead of surface features. When we’re interested in a task, we work harder and persist longer, bringing more of our self-regulatory skills into play.
Mayhems repeated requests for playing this game may seem like boring repetitive activity- But for learning purposes, this is a great thing!
“Repetition is the mother of learning, the father of action, which makes it the architect of accomplishment.”
The next time your little one asks you to read a book yet again or wants to play the same game over and over, remind yourself that it’s a good thing! It’s good because repetition provides the practice that children need to master new skills. Repetition helps to improve speed, increases confidence, and strengthens the connections in the brain that help children learn.
- Read to Mischief and Monkey
- M&M&M Nap!
- Monkey mirror time
The mirror game helps your baby learn how to focus, track images, and explore the wonderful things a face can do. Plus, it promotes social and emotional development as she interacts with you (and maybe her sibs). Eventually, she’ll learn that the friendly face she’s been looking at all along is none other than her very own. Now that’s a powerful lesson in who’s who.
- Tidy up time!
Cleaning up can teach children problem solving skills, mathematical concepts, lessons in family life, citizenship and responsibility, self-motivation and more.
- Monkey has mat time while Mayhem plays Thunderbirds
- Mischief and Mayhem go to Great Nanas with Mama & Grandad – they jump on the tramp, walk up to the School and have a play on their bikes, on the playground, they see the school chickens and have a look at the Veggie garden… Fish n chips with Great Nana, Mama & Grandad, Bath, PJS, home Bed.
- Monkey goes with mummy and daddy to visit the newest member of the family little ‘ Miss’ who is 1 week old,- he naps the majority of the visit (so much for socializing), go to Japanese for dinnew, home, changed, fed, Bed.