Learning with siblings
Encouraging older siblings to help you care for younger ones can not only be helpful but a great way to expose little ones to more opportunities for learning. Asking older children to help at nappy change or share a favourite story with their younger siblings not only helps you but offers another opportunity for little ones to hear lots of language.
Children from a very young age can talk about or retell their favourite stories from memory. Ask them to point out their favourite pictures and talk about each one with their younger sibling. They’ll love being the source of knowledge!
Your local library will have a range of books, suitable for babies, toddlers and preschoolers. Older brothers or sisters might like to share these as well and have fun naming all the things they recognise in the book.
Sharing favourite rhymes or songs is another great activity big brothers and sisters love to take charge of. It’s wonderful when your younger children can hear favourite rhymes sung over and over again and see the actions. Your local library rhyme time sessions provide great opportunities to learn more and are often geared for children that span a range of ages from newborns to five-year-olds.
Young children can also be creative in coming up with games that keep little ones interested for hours. Playing on the floor together as a family is a great way to help babies explore and learn.
Little ones learn from everyone in the family but there’s no substitute for you as their most important teacher. So make sure you talk, sing, play and read with your youngest children too.