My Child is a Sponge

As an elementary school teacher who spent a lot of time teaching first grade, I know that young children have great capacity for memorization. However, I have had limited experience working with preschool children. This past year, I have been so amazed by my two year old’s ability to memorize.

He hears a song two or three times and can sing it.

We walk down the road and he can identify so many makes and models of cars.

I teach him a memory verse and he can say it back after hearing it a half dozen times.

He hears a song and will ask for the song the song that _____ and he quotes a line he remembers from the song (sometimes we can’t even figure out where he heard it).

Really he is picking up everything. It makes me wonder what I can and should be doing to take advantage of the ease he has in memorizing.

It also reminds me of Bloom’s Taxonomy of Learning that states the lowest level of learning is that of knowledge. It is what our brains are ready for first and it is vital to have a wide and deep knowledge base.

And this is what is going through my head everyday as I think about academics for the next few years for him. I am not a huge believer in organized academics in the preschool age, but I do think some memory work, craft time to work on fine motor skills, and lots of play are important in the preschool ages.

So this fall I am planning our first year of preschool full of fun crafts, memory, and lots of play. I am going to base my curriculum this year on the Big Picture Story Bible and connect the story each week with crafts, memory work, letters, and numbers. I am excited to begin preschool and see for the first time the beginning stages of active learning occurring! (Yes I may be a teacher who is beginning to miss the classroom!).