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Educating Young Minds
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.
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?
Are children best educated when taught early?
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?
Are we holding them back by not allowing early learning?
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?
Should we start children in school earlier, say 3-4 years?
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?
Do parents influence a child's ability to learn?
Serious Look at Cruelty in Parentling
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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