Research into early year’s education indicates that the amount of progress made before formal schooling influences the exam results of sixteen+ year olds. A child who does well in their learning and development in these early years are likely to have higher grades/ results. Consequently, improving employment prospects, life choices and influencing their overall quality of life. Imi is designed to be quick and easy to use for recording the learning journey from birth to eight years old. Covering all areas of learning, with encouragement to aid learning through the child’s current interests to help your child reach their full potential. By organising opportunities for learning, ideas for playful scenarios/pre-planned activities are suggested so you can quickly record these milestones and achievements.
Right now, as very young children, it is recognised that every child is unique. In these early years we appreciate that each child learns with different things, in different ways and achieves milestones at different times. However, it is natural for parents to compare. Imi will reassure as you will see your child’s progress and if it isn’t evident, then professional advice can be sought at an early stage so interventions can help.
Play is the best way for young children to learn. Play is the method that helps the child’s brain connections best. Learning now, should be playful, fun and totally enjoyable for your child. The more engrossed they are; being absorbed and fascinated in what they are doing; the more they are learning. Children pressurised to perform at this age do not reach their full potential and may not become self-motivated and confident learners in the future as they focus on pleasing the adult. The educational guidance (Early Years Foundation Stage often called the EYFS for short) for tiny children (from birth) stipulates that children’s learning and development should be delivered in a play-based manner.
Imi is designed to help you assist your child to gradually grow and develop appropriately so they build strong foundations on which to build the rest of their life upon. Imi has been designed to help you understand what might be relevant to interest your child (there is a choice) in relation to what they already know and what they can already do.
It also, should you choose a quick and easy way to preserve precious memories from birth to eight years old.
Imi covers all learning areas, and will encourage you to use everyday routines, your child’s interests and arrange activities to help your child reach their full potential. Imi also provides ideas for playful scenarios and pre-planned activities are suggested to help you further.
If you choose to record information then you will gradually build a complete record of accomplishments. All photos, comments and dates will be presented in a ‘baby book’ format (as a download). Imi enables these then to also be shared with loved ones, extended family or family overseas. Most importantly, with a little and pleasurable effort each entry you make on Imi will be preserved for your child to enjoy immediately and ongoing into the future.
You as a parent are recognised as the first teacher. You naturally want the best for your child but, you may not know what is the next suitable small steps would best support your child progress most effectively. Your natural enthusiasm and your aspirations may inadvertently push your child to achieve before they have the underpinning skills without realising this.
The Imi designers have seen many children being asked to write their name and have done so, as the child wants to please their parent. However, as the pre-writing skills have not all been accomplished yet, the result often shows writing that is back to front, a jumble of lower and upper case letters, possibly also written from right to left, instead of left to right. Once the child shows they have written their name there is an expectation to continue to write it, even though technically it is wrong, At some point in the future, the child will have to drop bad habits and learn how to write their name correctly. At some point, the child will be required to do ‘joined up’ writing which is impossible if letter formation is not correct in the first place. This is an easy example to give, there are many others, that are not so easy to describe and equally important.
With Imi, you are guided to help your child with all those pre-writing skills which begin in holding a rattle. Eventually, your child will be writing letters as a natural progression of their ‘mark making’ skills, understanding that marks convey a meaning and will proudly write their name, not because they are asked to but because they want to as it completes their activity.
You can log on very quickly on your phone, perhaps while on the bus returning from work or queuing at the supermarket. Use it as a reference point to decide what learning opportunities you could provide next. Just pick out what feels right and what might interest your child. There is also an idea in Imi to help your thoughts on how to give the opportunity.
As Imi provides you with a stage by stage approach, achievements are generally quickly accomplished. Your efforts will help build your child’s confidence to try new things, encouraging your child to be an assertive and self-assured learner.
Did you know? An adult brain is developed by 80-90% by the time the child is five years old.
As you are the child’s first teacher, right from the start, you will talk you’re your baby. Your interactions, let’s take speech sounds as an example, stimulates the neural activity in the language areas of the brain. Your child’s experiences determine what information enters the brain and how their brain processes information. The more the child repeats processing this information the stronger the brain connections become. Imi builds upon what the child already has gained; providing suitable stimulus and progression.
The progress in how a child progresses with their communication and language is an indicator of how well they will do later in life. Therefore, your interactions with your child are very important, use experiences to increase vocabulary and form conversational skills.
Research also has shown us that is is not the amount of time you spend with your child that is important but the quality of time you spend together. Imi helps you with this, so even sorting socks from the washing line is enjoyable as it becomes an opportunity to colour match or make lots of sets of two items.