Uninterrupted Playtime between Siblings Is Key for Learning
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Whether it’s how to throw a ball or put together a puzzle, young children learn a lot from their older siblings. While researchers have long known that brothers and sisters teach each other about the world, most of their observations about this have been made in a lab setting.
The research is in Journal of Cognition and Development. (full access paywall)
Research: “This Bird Can’t Do It ’cause this Bird Doesn’t Swim in Water: Sibling Teaching during Naturalistic Home Observations in Early Childhood” by Nina Howe, Sandra Della Porta, Holly Recchia, Allyson Funamoto and Hildy Ross in Journal of Cognition and Development. doi:10.1080/15248372.2013.848869
Image: The children were encouraged to play together, but not given particular instructions. Teaching moments included everything from learning to count, to learning how to rub chalk off a blackboard. Typically the older siblings would launch into a teaching moment unasked, although sometimes the younger child requested instructions. This image is for illustrative purposes only. Credit nikkidunn1978.