Rub a Dub Dub
Free Flow from Jennie Mo’
“How do they learn to share if we don’t teach them or tell them to?”
“How will they learn manners if we don’t tell them to say please, thank you, hello, and goodbye?”
“How do they know what they did was wrong if I don’t ask them to say ‘I’m sorry’ after?”
“How do they learn to CARE?”
Within 72 hours of birth, mirror neurons in the brain begin to function. How insanely cool is that?! That means that even just-born infants can imitate us. It may not be obvious behaviors they’re showing, but the capability is there. So imagine this cognitive function in a month, 6 months, a year--it begins to become more sophisticated. Children are capable not only of imitating a physical behavior like “clap your hands!” but can also begin to form a sense of empathy by seeing it through examples. Evidence shows that children can connect with another person when seeing evidence of an emotion.
Imagination and empathy building. Rub-a-Dub-Dub allows for them to play in water and refine several practical life skills (washing, wiping, drying, squeezing, scrubbing), along with learning to care for others. Being the one in charge of the bath not only gives them a great deal of satisfaction but also a sense of responsibility.