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I have said here many times that learning for the youngest children is "play". Children play and enjoy imitating what they see and hear. It is fun......... BUT.. when adults force them to learn it destroys their wish to learn. In China this is exaggerated by parents who are desperate for their child to succeed and so make unreasonable demands on him/her. They sometimes force their child to attend extra courses after school, or tuition before they are old enough for school. If at school their child will be tired after "play" and will need rest and learning social skills and relationships through contact with the family. They need time to internalise what they have learned. If at pre-school age the courses provided will often be fun "play", but in China parental expectations, their lack of knowledge about a child's learning needs and their ignorance about how learning occurs can lead to miserable experiences for a child.|
The earliest experiences are the most powerful. Pleasurable learning at this age leads to an ongoing wish to learn later. Bad experiences do the opposite.
Where the learning of a language is concerned, the earlier they experience it the better. Parents who speak Chinese and English for example, can speak English all the time at home, leaving Chinese to everyday outside life. Using both languages becomes natural and comparatively easy. Oh, it can have some amusing effects. I was used to using the Spanish word for pudding/sweet. It was several years before I realised that none of my little English friends had any idea what I was talking about!
Also in China it seems that often everything has to be tested. The experience of failing at a young age can be part of that damaging experience.
In conclusion; introduce children to the pleasures of learning... dance, song, stories, music, drama, art.
Let them play with appropriate content. Allow plenty of time for family and rest. Let them by children before they become students who, in China have to face a rigorous and demanding workload of rote learning in order to pass tests. Maybe tests are needed for young children, but not to determine passing/failing or progress, but to assess what they need.