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Educating Young Minds

Updated on November 29, 2014

Child Reading Before School Age

Welcome to my lens on educating young children. It's an honor to present products that help with this task.

When children are between the ages of 2-4 years parents become aware of their ability to do things not considered age appropriate. Their brains are developing at an incredible rate and you can take advantage of that.

Reading is proven to be a task they can learn and babies under a year old can recognize words and often point to or state its meaning. Using flash cards and such assists with the task.

My daughter read books at 4 years of age thanks to phonetics but I had no idea that she could have been reading much earlier had modern programs been available. So when these educational aids, programs and incentives to encourage the young to read came my way they were quickly added to the Mall.

Formative Years

A child is an extension of yourself. What you do to it and for it is how you treat yourself. It is an apprentice who learns from the adults who gave it life.

Opening the Channels

Or joining the dots

The earlier a child's brain is exercised and the channels are encouraged to open the better. But what does this mean and how can they be opened?

The brain is a series of connective links and the more connections that are made in the formative years (usually before seven) can add enormous advantages to a child's academic life. Children encouraged to expand their brains at a young age will certainly excel throughout their lives Read more on the subject here

Think of the channels as little creeks running into a river. They have a starting point higher up where clouds or thoughts gather and moisture in the form of incentive and encouragement falls. The drops converge to become a stream that gathers momentum as challenges become easier and gouge out a place amidst the desire to create and learn. The challenges deposit experience, knowledge and awareness into the rivers of thought.

Children love games that create opportunities to win and be praised. When winning a normal child will want to continue down that path and will become better at the game so it can beat others. Its all a matter of discovery and as parents we can give them that window of opportunity.

Generating Clouds that matter is your task as a parent. If you don't know how then seek some advice because this is the most important thing you can do for your preschooler.

If there are no clouds there will be no moisture and no channel feeding the larger ones. That means that children from an extremely young age can be encouraged to learn. Many women now read to the fetus before birth and often parents play music and use other means to allow the unborn to become familiar with the things of the world.

That is why a young child presented with challenges and tasks will perform better in later life than one that is neglected and whose brain is not encouraged to open. Flash cards have proven themselves in encouraging preschool age children to read. Read this blog for more info on the subject

How important are the formative years? - Do they pass too quickly

Many parents seem unaware that what goes in by the age of 7 is what comes out in later life. What is your take on this statement.

Is 7 the cut off time for good learning?

Would You Start A Child Learning Prior to School Age?

There are different schools of thought on this one. When I was young the old issues of tales about hurting the brain when pushed too early were rife. Aware of this it was me who went out to learn all I could by listening to adult conversations, taking in all that could be observed and querying things by questions. Children start asking question at a young age as an indication that they want to learn. What is your take on this?

Do You Think Children Want to Learn Early?

Children need encouragement and relaxation in order to take it in. Punishment and fear tactics do not work. They tend to increase anxiety and emotional stress which is an anti learning state. Encourage your child with love, care and the best examples.

Should Children Be Sent to School at a Younger Age

In some countries children do start school at younger ages and their school days start from around 8am until sometimes 4 or even 5pm. Is this too much of a strain or is this goof practice. In countries where education is pushed above all else, such as in China and Japan, the end result is obvious in the progress made in science and other subjects.

What is your take on this?

But Children are Only Human

Its true that the human element in parenting and child rearing has a big input into your child's future, Most people are not into education of any type and many have had little or no schooling to show them the way. At first its just the beautiful cuddles and closeness that bonds mother and child and these moments are precious.

But right now too the baby is ready to learn, even when sleeping. You will talk and sing to it as a natural part of parenting. You will also encourage it to be happy and healthy in every way and, of course, you don't want to come across as the heavy in these formative early years. But that should not stop you from taking advantage of a great opportunity to input ideas into the little brain and begin to encourage it to grow with good intellect.

This notion has allowed many companies to develop tools to help parents in this situation. The range of aids now is extensive and ranges from videos, records, DVD's ipods, and other visuals. The same Companies have found a great way to market these products online and so a lot of learning aids have been developed to help the process

If only the right aids had been around when my little ones were rearing to go and all I could think to do was to color in books with them or make cutouts. Parents have it all these days and children can be education almost before school and start their new life as a student so well prepared that they rocket to the front. It will definitely pay in the long run to invest in them from the time they are born.

What is Your Experience With Young Children - Who Was Their Best teacher

Did your children or those in the family learn best from their parents or from outsiders, such as their teachers?

Are parents the best teachers?

Serious Look at Cruelty in Parentling

For Your Own Good: Hidden Cruelty in Child-Rearing and the Roots of Violence
For Your Own Good: Hidden Cruelty in Child-Rearing and the Roots of Violence

The author is a Swiss psychoanalyst who looks at the effects of cruelty in parenting and the results in a child's outlook on life. The serious to grave dangerous consequences are brought to bear on children in all societies.


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      asereht1970 3 years ago

      I also cannot enter the poll/debate above. But I think this is a very great lens. Very helpful.

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      Fay Favored 3 years ago from USA

      I tried to do the debete mods, but they weren't working. I believe it is vital we encourage yourng minds to help develop a pattern of learning through investigation, creativity and the senses.

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      DaniRren 4 years ago

      I agree that parents need to take advantage of the phase of a childs developing brain to instill useful habits in him. This is a time that kids are open to learning new things and is ideal to introduce learning as well. http//


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      Natural_Skin_Care 5 years ago

      You have a ton of great information here. I can tell you put lots of though into this lens.

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      jaisonvincent 5 years ago

      Its very important to give good direction through education to kids and they are the future citizens or members of a country.

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      I'm back again to this impressive lens, it is very enlightening! Good job. Keep up the good work. ~Blessed~

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      norma-holt 5 years ago

      @Diva2Mom: Your visit, comment and blessing are much appreciated. Hugs

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      Diva2Mom 5 years ago

      Fascinating lens! Immensely BLESSED by a Humble Squid Angel. God bless you dear friend!

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      tfsherman lm 5 years ago

      One of the wonderful aspects in my job as a librarian is seeing the parents come in with their children looking carefully for books and materials that will entertain and educate their children. They are working to make the world better through their children, just as your lens suggests.

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      BestForTheMoneyz 5 years ago

      Awesome lens that covers one of the most important topics in life and should be considered deeply when having kids. Kids are so

      curious and that is because they are interested to learn new things all the time even at very young age. Otherwise why would they even be curious? It is pretty simple to me :).

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      Diva2Mom 5 years ago

      My dearest friend Norma, I am so fascinated by this Excellent lens of yours!!! I truly enjoyed participating in your polls, etc. What a very educational, highly-valuable and interactive lens indeed! Wow, another beautiful and important topic from you! Great job, dear friend! I'm a huge fan! :) God bless you, dear Norma! Stay fabulous and have a ver pleasant day! Huge hug! Muah!

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      norma-holt 5 years ago

      @anonymous: Thank you dear Susie. You are well loved. Hugs

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      Hannah Writes 5 years ago

      I am a teacher and I believe a parent is a child's best first teacher. Children learn so much through play and crafting. Even a trip to the grocery store is a learning experience!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I was here a long while back and can't find my comment, must have been one of those days on Squidoo....returning with angel dust.

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      olmpal 5 years ago

      Some children learn easier than others but using fun while teaching them help all of them. I think it is important for children to play and learn in a natural way and not to push them in an early age to learn things that their brain is not mature to absorb.

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      cathybroom 5 years ago

      If you're able to teach your child to read BEFORE they start school, you'll be giving them a HUGE advantage...they'll have more confidence from the beginning and will enjoy it more. Thanks for the info.

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      Millionairemomma 5 years ago

      Fascinating topic. Fun is important too because school is not the end all.

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      Wedding Mom 5 years ago

      Great lens.

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      pawpaw911 5 years ago

      Very important subject. Well done.

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      Katie Harp 5 years ago

      blessed by a squid angel :) <3

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      iijuan12 5 years ago from Florida

      Great lens! I've dedicated many years to teaching my children starting in their first few months of life. I am always AMAZED at how much a VERY young child can learn! Blessed and liked.

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      goo2eyes lm 5 years ago

      thank you very much for sharing this educational lens. i just don't know why the prediction module does not show my prediction. can you pls adjust it? blessings.

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      CherryTriggerCola 5 years ago

      Really great lens. Children are our future and it's important to teach them well.

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      blessedmomto7 6 years ago

      Interesting lens. I couldn't answer some of the duels, since my opinion didn't really fit in either category, but I enjoyed reading the comments and your information. Adding another blessing to this lens.

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      okihutama 6 years ago

      Great lens, very informative !!

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      ankitablacksoft 6 years ago

      I read your post . it was amazing.Your thought process is wonderful.The way you tell about things is awesome. They are inspiring and helpful.Thanks for sharing your information and stories.

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      cstoll 6 years ago

      Although I did not participate in the debates, I still learned a lot. I think having discussions about education is very important especially when education is competitive in such a global manner, as it is today.

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      TeacherRenee 6 years ago

      I'm a former kindergarten teacher and really enjoyed this lens. Educating young kids is so important and you really discussed it well. Thanks!

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      vauldine 6 years ago

      Very educatiuonal. I enjoyed participating.

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      LiquidGranite1 6 years ago

      A great start for the young minds!

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      shauna1934 6 years ago

      Oh my gosh, this is a great lens!! Was watching a DVD from the library on early childhood learning development just yesterday... Seems pretend play, and singing nursery rhymes are just as critical as learning to read (whether the later is encouraged at 3 or not until kindergarten).

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      rwoman 6 years ago

      What a wonderful resource! Thanks so much for all your hard work.

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      sorana lm 6 years ago

      Lensrolled to all my Maths lenses.

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      sorana lm 6 years ago

      Excellent lens. A very well deserved Purple Star. Thank you for featuring my featured lens, The Fun and Art of Cooking with Maths lens here.

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      GetSillyProduct 6 years ago

      A nice lens about teaching kids. Lots of people weighing in on the subject. Great content...bravo!

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      sousababy 6 years ago

      Interesting topic and something we should all think about as parents. Thank you for sharing.

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      alkapuri 6 years ago

      really nice lens.

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      dschandar 6 years ago

      Nice and very useful people like me who got child. I also recommeded some of my friends about the page to get useful tips regarding education

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      Brookelorren LM 6 years ago

      Forgot, I'm giving this an angel blessing. :-)

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      Brookelorren LM 6 years ago

      I think that early learning is good, if the parents are the ones that take the initiative. I'd hate to see three year olds sent off to public schools, but I think that kids can learn at that age.

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      jojokaya lm 6 years ago

      Very informative lens. Thumbs up

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      photofk3 6 years ago

      Great lens, I really enjoyed reading and commenting on it. Thanks for sharing.

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      Cheryl Paton 6 years ago from West Virginia

      On an interesting note, when my daughter was young, I took her and her friend to the game area in the mall. They wanted to play pool, so I told them the object was just to take turns shooting the balls in the holes. There was no competition whatsoever, and they helped each other see what was a good shot to make. They weren't taught to be competitive in that, and they weren't.

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      Philippians468 7 years ago

      train the young minds well, for they are the future! cheers

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Very educational lens for the young minds of future generation.

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      darciefrench lm 7 years ago

      Merry Christmas today, and ever day. Many thanks for your awesome work on squidoo. This is a fabulous lens on the benefits of early childhood education and ongoing learning.

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      eclecticeducati1 7 years ago

      While I'm not in the camp that believes children should be sent to school or have a lot of intensive education at an early age, I believe this lens is well thought out and does have some interesting arguments. I think learning should come naturally, especially when dealing with small children. Great lens. Blessed by a Squid Angel.

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      javr 7 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      I have returned to bestow a well deserved blessing on this lens.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Very, very interesting! I REALLY want to try this! Thanks for the great info!

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      Senora M 7 years ago

      nice lens. looks like a lot of good discussion.

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      javr 7 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Thank-you for linking in my lens!

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      Mary Norton 7 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I had been here before but I just am drawn to anything on education. The lens has so much informatin and love the polls.

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      JoyfulPamela2 7 years ago from Pennsylvania, USA

      What a wonderful page! Thanks for adding my page. :D I feel honored to be considered on here.

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      What a great idea for a lens :)

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      Jeremy 7 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      Thanks for this lens. It provoked thought, and some poll responses from me, but i think one response got lost between my writing it and publication.

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      Tarra99 7 years ago

      Blessing this wonderful How to Lens and featuring it here... educating young minds is VERY important! Well done!

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      Yourshowman LM 7 years ago

      Great lens. I love kids and like to know more about them. In my country,government schools don't give admissions to children below 5 years and i agree with this.

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      rachsue lm 7 years ago

      WOW!! Thank you for such an interesting lens. There are so many mixed emotions when it comes to this subject and hearing all different opinions is great. Raising your child and educating them is a full time job and at the end of the day, if you are relaxed and know where your kids are and how they are feeling, that is the reward in itself. Education may be over-rated but at the same time, very much needed. Social skills and emotional control is one of the most important things a child must learn. Learning some very important skills about life and social understanding can make all the difference.

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      reasonablerobby 7 years ago

      This lens brought back memories of my experiences developing and publishing educational software for this age group. I remember that many retail chain managers didn't think that kids would be capable of using a computer so at a trade expo we invited the local infant school in and a huge 'crocodile' of kids and their teachers came into to use what we had created. The retailers were astonished at their capabilities!

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Excellent topics and information covered for bringing up the child. Every child is unique and our systems do not have enough tools and time to spend for each of them in different way. If it was there, we would have had more success than failures.

      Categorization and grades of kids in early stages, sometimes may serve as deterrent because many mediocre children become successful in later part of their life.

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      marsha32 7 years ago

      great lens..,...spent a lot of time reading it's content as well as the comments of others.

      on making a quilt....I started by going to sewing club at my church, where the first 4 months I did nothing but cut and iron for them. Along the way from their experience I've learned more and more about quilting, but I would love to take classes.

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      Faye Rutledge 7 years ago from Concord VA

      Excellent lens! In general, I think, since all kids are different, there's not one set answer. Each parent has to do what they feel is right for their child.

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      PianoLesson 7 years ago

      I think that it's a good thing to encourage your kids to Learn Piano or any other instrument that they are attracted to. The difficulty is keeping their enthusiasm.

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      Mary Norton 7 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I enjoyed answering some of the questions here. Very engaging. Thanks.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      This is a wonderful and informative lens. Great job.

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      JewelRiver 7 years ago

      5 stars. I think this is a great site. Anything that supports children I'm on board!

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      adoptiondesigns 7 years ago

      As a parent of two preschoolers, I really enjoyed reading this lens. 5 stars from me!

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      CLUZ 7 years ago

      Excellent lens and Congratulations on your purple star!

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      JonathanKhan 7 years ago

      Must say awesome lens. Thank God a lot is being said on early childhood education. It is really crucial to fully seize these preliminary years in a child's life so that their long term development can be positively affected. Keep producing great lens.

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      Anthony Godinho 7 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Great lens Norma and good discussion. Children are precious and parents need to realize the responsibility they have in ensuring that they care for their child rather than just letting them be left to the system to learn and develop.

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      GrowWear 7 years ago

      Children's minds are like little sponges. I believe they can learn eons above and beyond what they are taught.

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      SandraRoseDesigns 7 years ago

      Children are so precious, and their care is so important. Thanks for sharing all of this with us!

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      JoyfulPamela2 7 years ago from Pennsylvania, USA

      Awesome! I love reading articles about children's education. You did a wonderful job on this one! :)

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      Mary Norton 7 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Am happy to see this issue highlighted here in squidoo. It is crucial to success in education and although there is general agreement of its value, not much funding goes to this area of education. More advocacy is needed. Very useful lens.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Absolutely wonderful lens!!!! I reaaly enjoy reading lenses about education. There is always something new to learn.

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      norma-holt 8 years ago

      @DeboraR: Thank you for the lovely comment

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      norma-holt 8 years ago

      @PromptWriter: Thanks Megan, its worth a lot to me.

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      norma-holt 8 years ago

      @justholidays: Wow, thanks for the blessing and the great comment, Dom. Greatly appreciated and I made the changes you recommended.


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      justholidays 8 years ago

      Firstly, let me congratulate you for the purple star award.

      Then, I like this lens, it's well done, well detailed and as usual, clever.

      Squidangel blessings to the educational page you made, Norma!

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      ToddleTees LM 8 years ago

      Great lens, very informative! I feel that the best education a young child can get is experience, because I believe they learn best by exploring their environment and following their own curiosity. It's up to parents and caregivers to provide those experiences by talking to them, reading to them, playing music, showing them how to draw, bringing them for walks, introducing them to other children and many other things. Then brace yourself for the endless questions, and try to be patient enough to answer them!

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      norma-holt 8 years ago

      @KimGiancaterino: Thanks Kim, I love it all and am rooting for others to try out for Giant.


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      norma-holt 8 years ago

      @pkmcruk: Thanks Paul, it was a great shock and lovely surprise


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      norma-holt 8 years ago

      @HorseAndPony LM: Congratulations back to you HorseandPony for your achievements also.

      Norma :)

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      Moe Wood 8 years ago from Eastern Ontario

      Congratulations on your purple star.

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      pkmcr 8 years ago from Cheshire UK

      Congratulations on a well deserved purple star :-)

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      HorseAndPony LM 8 years ago

      Congratulations on your purple star!

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      KimGiancaterino 8 years ago

      Congratulations on your purple star and your new Giant badge!

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      DeboraR 8 years ago

      Really like this lens! Great information on raising children. Your love for teaching children shows through.

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 8 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      Wonderful information. Lensrolling to my PEEPS PreSchool lens

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      Niche4you 8 years ago


      like the lens and happen to think that young children will learn almost anything and retain that learning as long as you make it fun, and not seem like a chore.

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      poutine 8 years ago

      I agree that the earlier the better.

      But I also believe that it must be through form of play

      and not military style.

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      hayleylou lm 8 years ago

      I agree, the earlier that children can start learning the better. I also agree that they need lots of play and exploring time. If the 2 can be combined - perfect. Excellent lens, 5 stars

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      Kylyssa Shay 8 years ago from Overlooking a meadow near Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA

      I absolutely agree with you. I am a high functioning autistic and without my mother teaching me practically from birth, I probably would have done poorly in school instead of getting almost perfect marks in everything. She only had a fifth grade education herself but she taught us all to read prior to school. Once I was in junior high school, we still had our teaching time together but I was teaching her by that point. Her eagerness to learn was our concrete example.

      Mom had a natural way with teaching but not everyone does. So I'm betting these products would be very helpful for parents wishing to give their kids an advantage in school and life.

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      norma-holt 8 years ago

      Thank you all for your comments. If we can teach young children to fish, swim, good manners and so on then reading, writing, maths and science is just another great adventure for them. If mum and dad do it then they will want to follow so why hold them back? That's my view anyway.

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      Evelyn Saenz 8 years ago from Royalton

      It may be possible for very young children to learn to read but you also have to question whether or not reading is appropriate for children that age. Very young children need lots of hands-on learning experiences. They need time to play and explore the world around them.

      I wholeheartedly believe in reading to young children and if they happen to pick up on reading because of that, that's fine, but I don't think that that should be their expected task. They have too many other things to learn first.

      You have done an excellent job writing this lens. I am looking forward to reading your other lenses.

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      Deb Kingsbury 8 years ago from Flagstaff, Arizona

      Well done. I have no children, but I appreciate how well your lens is put together. Very informative.

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      Louise0711 8 years ago

      I think that learning through play is the way to go. There are lots of educational toys that kids can really have fun with. The best way for small children is to make learning fun. A very interesting and informative lens. Thanks!

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      Webcodes LM 8 years ago

      Well written. Very helpful. 5*.

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      puzzlerpaige 8 years ago

      My daughter talked so well so early that people stopped me in stores to inquire about it. She learned to read early too through the help of a simple phonics blue backed reader. I think all those read-aloud books early on and answering every single question until my mouth hurt was what made the difference. That and putting extra emphasis on certain words when answering her questions. When she mimicked that back to me one day, I knew it had made an impact.

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      Marci-Leigh 8 years ago

      Very nice flow.