Birth to Six Years: Children’s Sensitive Years and Activities to Nurture Them
Do you know that our children’s sensitive years happen from the time they were born until they reach the age of six? But what exactly are the sensitive years? What do we mean by being sensitive?
Basically, these are periods of power when we can still highly influence our children to develop holistically. These years can be considered as the most important in child-rearing because they provide us with an irreversible chance to provide them with a good foundation for cognitive, physical, mental, and emotional wellness.
So what are some of the best activities that you can do with your children during their sensitive years?
1. Shower them with a physical touch from birth to one year.
The grandest milestones during your baby’s first year include a variety of movements. Yes, her cute little body turns, grasps, and crawls are milestones that you can help her with. Encourage physical development by frequently holding her fingers, letting her grasp your hand, allowing her to balance her body with both legs standing, and so much more.
2. Repeat and repeat until you establish routines from six months to four years.
Once your child turns six months, she will start to recognize routines and thereby have a cool perception of order in her life. It would be best to have consistency in your daily routines such as the proper scheduling of nap, bath, play, and meal times. Certain things at home must also have their designated places like nappies must only be placed in the cabinet, kiddie plates and utensils kept separately from other kitchenware, and more.
3. Have tireless babble from birth and eventually turn to deeper communication until six years.
The ability of your baby to make sense of her surroundings and the words uttered around her is truly surprising. Never underestimate her capacity to comprehend your words and her ability to eventually adapt to your language tradition. Gradually deepen and expand your level of communication that is appropriate to your child’s growing years.
4. Have a limitless opportunity for the exploration of senses from two to six years.
Well, your child would already be starting to explore her little world using her senses immediately after birth. However, it is upon reaching the age of two that she will be more inclined to explore various things through sensorial experiences such as smelling colognes, playing with musical instruments, trying food with different tastes and textures, and discovering colors through crayons, among others.
5. Teach spatial relationships through puzzles from four to six years.
Don’t we live in a world with complicated spatial relationships? As early as four years old, you can help your child understand spatial relationships by setting aside time for some puzzle activities. Be sure to increase the level of complexity for every puzzle that is solved.
6. Introduce the love for numbers and embrace the excitement for mathematics from four to six years.
Let your child have a concrete experience of mathematics by starting with friendly and easily understandable concepts. Incorporate math in your daily activities such as by counting the apples in your pantry, subtracting flowers that fall off from the branch, and more.
There are so many nurturing activities that we can try during our children’s sensitive years. What’s important is that we allow our own creativity to flourish as we travel the wonderful road of parenting!