Again??!!

Sometimes, in the baby class, it can feel like we repeat activities and songs SO MANY TIMES!!

This is on purpose. Babies learn through repetition! When an adult hears something new, it is generally pretty easy for us to figure out what is going on. We take cues from our past or our environment and interpret what is around us.

Babies don’t have that context for new activities, though! It may take them 3 repetitions of a song before they even realize something new is going on. Then it may take another 3 before they decide if it is fun or not. THEN, once they decide it is pretty fun, it takes another 3 or 4 times before they can recognize the pattern and anticipate what is coming. It’s so fun to watch, but it takes a lot of patience!

As we repeat activities ad nauseum throughout our class and week to week, don’t worry! Realize you are on “baby time”, slow down and enjoy this unique time before they switch focus every 15 seconds.

You can also really help your child this week at home by repeating your favorite class activities. Try singing “Pop! Goes the Weasel” or “Diddle Diddle Dumpling” after every diaper change and watch how your child grows to anticipate that time!

Cheers!

Elizabeth

 

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