When Olivia was two months old, I started reading a book to her. I was happy when she was responding in her own baby language or eliciting a toothless grin. I read the same book again in the succeeding months until I memorized every page and was reciting the story to her even without opening the book.
Then, I grew tired of the book, so I decided to acquire different ones for a change. However, she did not like them. She still wanted the same old book I have read (and recited to her) over and over.
Fast forward two years later, I’m now trying my best not to say “no” if she would ask me to sing “Wheels on the Bus” for the nth time.
What She Likes on Repeat
We are her human Spotify. She would ask everyone in the household to sing “Wheels on the Bus”, “Itsy Bitsy Spider” and “Baby Shark” while she is eating, taking a bath, dressing up, riding a bike, and even while nursing. Recently, she has included “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star”, “Happy Birthday”, “Finger Family” and “Bahay Kubo” in her playlist.
She also has the habit of taking out a book while in the middle of playing with toys. She would ask us to read it to her two, three times or more. Then, she will let us do the same with another book. The story I have been reading to her since infancy is still her favorite.
She became one of those fans of “Baby Shark” by PinkFong who hits the play button a dozen of times. Later on, she moved on to the “Wheels on the Bus” series. Now, the movie “Frozen” has entered her life. She watches the first few chapters of the movie two to three times a day.
This is her magic word when she wanted to do it again. Oh, she never gets tired of it when she gets hooked on something. Sometimes, when I’ve done something funny, she will ask me to do it again for the sake of her entertainment.
There were times I wanted to say “no” to her “ulit” requests, but I always find myself singing the same song and repeating the same story over again. (How can I resist that cute smile when she requests it, anyway ?)
Repeat and Learn
Yes, it’s tiring to sing the same song as a broken record. It’s tempting to say “no, I don’t want to sing it anymore”. But, I realized that repetition helps her learn.
One day, I heard her singing the “Wheels on the Bus” on her own. She even knows what key word from the lyric comes next. For the “Shark Song”, she can enumerate the members of the shark family in sequence (and even the dance steps). Sometimes, she’s humming the birthday song while playing.
It’s also becoming noticeable that she is beginning to anticipate what’s coming next. She has started to become interactive by saying “Boo, Teddy!” as soon as I flip to that particular page, while reading one of her books to her. Even though we have gone through the same page many times, she’s still able to see and point out a different detail on that page, as if seeing a new perspective.
Again and Again!
I know she’s having fun when we sing, read and play the same thing again. This is how the world works for her.
I would say, this will be good starting point in developing patience while teaching on my part. Moreover, I know it will be an endless repetition of things while she absorbs all the information around her especially by the time she starts going to school.
For now, I am just grateful to be one of her human MP3 player. So, let’s press “play” again. ?