With the football World Cup underway, football fever has gripped the nation - no doubt dad's are looking at their baby and toddler sons, wondering whether they could represent their country in the 2030 World Cup final?! Well, it might require a bit of imagination, but anything is possible!
Like any sport, football offers family fun - yes, perhaps only the children are on the pitch, but the family can support the team, get to know all the players and help with the logistics of running a young football club. Football offers a great opportunity for regular exercise and the game will instill physical and social skills in your children.
Children won't be able to join a local football club until they are 5 or 6, although there are some organisations that start introducing children to sport skills from the age of 3 upwards. Initially they'll be working with balls and running around obstacles to help practice their dexterity. Just as a toddler is beginning to learn how to control their body, they can begin to practice those skills that will help them on a sports field in later life.
There's an enormous leap from local football team to world cup qualifier, but starting early and developing good motor skills early on will certainly give your little ones a head start over many other aspiring players out there!
The gulf between 'hearing' and 'listening' is to our ears what 'looking' and 'seeing' is to our eyes! We looked at 'looking' and 'seeing' in yesterday's post where we learned that looking is passive but seeing is active, processing visual information into a world of understanding. In the same way, we can hear noise, but in order to understand, we have to listen, that is to interpret the noise into aural communication.
Teaching our children to listen is another foundation for learning. Early on we need them to listen to our own instructions when we tell them to do, or not to do, things. Later in life, our children will have to listen in their school environment so that they benefit from the learning being offered. If all they do is hear noise, the babble of their teachers and classmates, then they won't understand and won't learn.
ToucanLearn's 'thinking' activities help to train your baby's to both look and listen in fun ways. Follow your child's learning program in ToucanLearn and they'll be set to excel when they reach school!
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