Music on a Baby Spoon
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Raimond believes that you should never force anything on a child. If you do, he says, negative feelings will be created that produce blocks. Blocks that a child sets up in its mind. As a result, it will resist new information of a similar nature. Raimond: 'If you want your child to learn something, use the game as your means of communication. You can learn from playing games. You can use games to introduce things to your child in an entertaining way. A child is the most natural and untainted product of our society. Approach a child with a lot of love and capitalize on the natural eagerness to learn that it possesses in abundance. Only then can you let your child get acquainted, without forcing it, with the things that you believe are important and that you want the child to learn.' What fascinates Raimond most in the world of the child is the 'game effect'. Raimond: 'I call it the 'game effect' because a child, as soon as it gets involved in a game, enters entirely into a world of its own. It forgets the outside world completely and dreams away in fantasy land.' This 'game effect', he says, is synonymous with 'child-ness'. 'Let your child enjoy it as long as it can, within the bounds of the possible. Take away this 'game effect' and, in actual fact, you take away the 'child'. The art is in mixing educational elements into the game effect. Then you can teach your child all that is necessary. But do it now. Over the years this effect diminishes and the child grows into adulthood. More and more of the bits and pieces of the game effect fall away.'

TIP: Play with your child and change your own world. Feeling like a child again with your own child is the real way to guarantee perfect communication between the two of you.

uit het boek: Music on a Baby spoon van Raimond Lap

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