When does learning really begin? Is it when the kids are in a classroom with a teacher for the first time? Or maybe it begins in the child’s toddler phase when they’re learning how to walk, talk and eat? Most people are under the belief that learning begins at the earliest stages of the child’s life; but, to answer that question – learning begins before the child is even born; learning begins in the womb.
For years now, doctors have believed that babies were born without any knowledge about the outside world. However, in recent times, researchers and their research are questioning that belief and assumption by offering clues to the unborn babies in the womb and observing what they remember and how that information shapes them and prepares them for the world outside the womb. Today, doctors realize that babies begin to engage in many of their senses and learn about the world around in them in the last trimester of pregnancy and maybe even earlier than that.
Babies only being hours old can distinguish between sounds from their native language from that of a foreign language, researchers suggest. Their studies indicate that sensory and brain mechanisms are developed by the 30th week of pregnancy. In addition, new studies show that babies can hear their mothers talk during the last 10 weeks of pregnancy and can demonstrate what they’ve heard.
At the time of birth, babies can recognize and distinguish the voice of their mothers from others. In another study, day old babies were given pacifiers by doctors which were connected to tape recorders. Depending on the varying sucking patterns of the baby, the pacifier either turned on a voice recording which was their mother’s or of an unfamiliar woman; within a span of 10-20 minutes, the babies learnt to adjust their sucking patterns in such a way that the pacifier would turn on the voice recording of their mother. In addition, this research also showed that babies had their first lesson in their native language in the wombs of their mother’s.
For today’s parents, the Learning Time A+ Program has all these basics covered with their package of books, apps, activities, games and the audio learning device, Eltee Pen. The program consists of:
Time to Learn: Develop essential knowledge through books that talk and sing
Time for English With Lucy, Wiz and Ziggy: Learn English through an exciting audio-visual program
Time for Math: Establish a foundation in Math through a multimedia program
Learning Values with Lucy and Wiz: Build character and become a better human being
Babies are born ready to learn, and their brain operates on a ‘Use-it-or Lose-it’ basis. Your child is born with more than enough brain cells to be a successful individual. It’s your responsibility as parents to provide the stimulation to the brain cells. And, these stimulations are provided by the experiences you give, and the thoughts you prompt in your child through the environment you create in the early years.
Start as early as you can because it’s never too early to start teaching!