Ladybug room 0-2 years

Our Ladybug Program

 

WATCHING AND LISTENING DEVELOPS LANGUAGE

We use our hands, eyes, face and words to communicate with very young babies, because this shows them how people communicate.

Soon, the baby’s babbling noises will sound like adult talk. They begin to take turns and wait for response.

Later, children will choose the right words and body language to communicate their feeling and needs.

 

1, 2, 3, 4, 5 IS ABOUT LEARNING NUMBERS NAMES

Children need to learn the order of the early number names by saying number rhymes and imitating the order they hear. When using number order to count objects children need to learn that the last number tells them how many.

“UP”, “DOWN” AND “NEXT TO”ARE ABOUT POSITION

When we talk about “up” and “down”, “over” and “next to”, children are learning about the position of something. Over time children learn that there are words (for example upside down, next to, behind) which describe position. Later, children learn to pay attention to position, order and direction.

They are key ideas in mathematics.

 

SHARING BOOKS IS BEGINNING READING

Being close to a special adult while looking at a book makes a baby feel warm and safe. Very young babies like nursery rhyme books best. The rhythms of the rhymes and the sounds of the words soothe them and they may touch, smell and even chew the book. Later, children will hold the book the right way up and turn the pages. They will choose favourite stories. Learning how a book works and that it is fun, is an important part of learning to read.


Australian Government initiative, funded by the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations.