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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?

Are children best educated when taught early?

Are children best educated when taught early?

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  • sageinacage lm 4 years ago

    I think children are born ready to learn. If they are exposed to a natural and fun stimulation as early as possible it opens a whole new world up to them.

  • AdityaAgarwal 4 years ago

    yeah, i totally favour the idea that children are best educated when taught earlier

  • tfsherman lm 4 years ago

    I'll go with my Montessori training -- young children have an absorbent mind, and given the correct materials -- like a cup and a glass of water -- they will eagerly learn.

  • BestForTheMoneyz 4 years ago

    start as early as possible to educate kids but in a funny way. When things are fun and interesting is when you learn the best and this does not only apply to kids but also to adults

  • Diva2Mom 4 years ago

    I truly believe that children benefit the most when they're taught early. Teaching our children at a young age makes a huge difference in their lives, I think. It helps shape their lives-from forming good habits, behavior, building good characters, etc. all the way to their moral values and learning developments. I started teaching my kids at the age of 2 by introducing simple chores, and as soon as they learned how to receive instructions, I taught them different things thru role plays, educational toys and games, and one-on-one interaction with my children...and it's amazing how fast they learned, and before I knew it, they were ready to learn Alphabets and numbers. I taught Advanced Multiplication to my children at Kindergarten. So I know how effective and beneficial it is to teach kids at a young age, not just academically, but also in instilling great values in them, which is deemed important.

  • anonymous 4 years ago

    I am in agreement for early child development with regards to your morals and social teaching and also exposure to other cultures to broaden your child over-all development.

  • TheGourmetCoffe 5 years ago

    Yes, I believe early education makes a great deal of difference in the long run, especially in a loving family environment where the mother and father are both present. Very good lens. I also "liked" it!

  • Wedding Mom 5 years ago

    I think the most important things like values are best taught during the formative years.

  • goo2eyes lm 5 years ago

    parents should teach the kids at early age.

  • sidther lm 6 years ago

    Ih they do pass too quickly! I believe that learning is a lifelong process but that the learning that occurs before age 7 has the most impact. In ASD we talk about early intervention because the longer a child goes without it, the less likely they are to benefit. The intervention is extremely intense before age 7 and for many kids it becomes more like maintenance after 7. Cutie learned how to read at 2 1/2 and at 7 years old is reading books like narnia and call of the wild which is how I was as a child. I think that the most important thing is to encourage learning early on while teaching them HOW to learn and how to LOVE learning. It does them no good to know all of their letters and numbers at 2 years old if they despise it- the feeling will stick with them.

  • sorana lm 6 years ago

    Well, children start learning from the first moment they come out into this world. They are like sponges; they absorb every bit of information they encounter. Some research says that what we learn by the age of 3 is very important to later learning. Even Einstein who scarcely talked until the age of three, would build tall houses of cards. My personal take on this is: the earlier one starts learning the more open to learning they are. It's about developing an interest for knowing and exploring, for searching and expanding.

  • GetSillyProduct 6 years ago

    teach kids early and often

  • Arquinn 6 years ago

    I have noticed that it was easier for me to memorize and learn things when I was younger.

    The earlier the better! :D

  • reflectionhaiku 6 years ago

    Young children are like sponges and they learn, for instance, reading, fairly easily and spontaneously simply when parents read to them. Also, before 7, kids don't discriminate any subjects yet, you can teach them any subjects from astronomy to arithmetic, and they will listen intently and absorb the material just like that. Establish a good learning attitude and expand their learning capacities early will truly benefit children because learning will be easy & natural to them. They tend to be more confidant and will excel in most academic fields.

  • marsha32 7 years ago

    it's important to always teach your children from the day they are born....research shows that early education is extremely important. In our homeschooling, my 13 yr old had my granddaughters over on a regular basis for a school day. They also do the Headstart program.

  • Mary Norton 7 years ago from Ontario, Canada

    I think studies have shown that these are the best years to educate children and yet funding mostly goes to Grades 1 to high school. Pre-school does not get much attention in many countries unless you have the money to send your children to private schools. I don't know how else can we be convinced.

  • Anthony Godinho 7 years ago from Ontario, Canada

    I think it's important to start the process early. If incorporated as part of a lifestyle rather than a regimen, I think you bring out the natural ability rather than force. We (my siblings and me) learned 3 languages simultaneously and naturally during our young childhood years. The thing is not to stop but make it a lifestyle...just like deciding to be healthy!

  • jrnjames 7 years ago

    It is also important, children begin learn a second language, when they reach the age of six.

  • ToddleTees LM 7 years ago

    From what I understand, young children pick up languages easier because part of the brain that recognizes subtleties in sound is still flexible. After a certain age, any excess capacity in that part is used for other tasks instead. I'm sure the same applies to other types of learning too, so start them young, but keep it fun!

  • Lee Hansen 7 years ago from Vermont

    I believe education begins in the womb and continues lifelong. The early years of a child's life are indeed very important, and learning takes place from every experience - the work of children is PLAY.

  • royalfoust 7 years ago

    Start them early. hey love it. My own grandkids are like geneouses. I can't believe it.

Does it make any difference in the long run?

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  • Millionairemomma 5 years ago

    Honestly, I think every child and their surrounding environment is unique. Parents should trust their instinct and go with that. My child was in me, my child looks like me and I know him......and I just stand by that.

  • Millionairemomma 5 years ago

    Honestly, I think every child and their surrounding environment is unique. Parents should trust their instinct and go with that. My child was in me, my child looks like me and I know him......and I just stand by that.

  • Godsgraciousgift 5 years ago

    Learning is fun no matter how old you are. A good instructor makes learning fun.

  • vauldine 6 years ago

    I am an adult educator, but I have a speciu\al affection for children. They have wisdom which ought to be cherished because they are really here to teach us. Adults often look at them a being small. However, small bodies do not mean undevelopment of the mind and soul. Just think of that!

  • sousababy 6 years ago

    Tough choice here, the greatest amount of brain growth is within the first 6 years. But, we are starting to prove that the brain DOES have regenerative powers that we didn't predict, even 10 years ago. So, we must exercise our brains throughout life. Each child learns at her/his own pace. . PLAY is educational in young children. Guess I will pick option 2 since children are naturally curious and learn by exploring their world. Our job is to nurture and keep them safe while they do so.

  • photofk3 6 years ago

    I believe in life-long learning. For some children it may be very useful to be educated from an early age, but with others, it may be not so good. It all depends on the child, his/her personality and other charachteristics.

  • steveffeo lm 6 years ago

    You should never stop learning, I think the key is making learning fun

  • javr 6 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

    I believe in life-long learning. I certainly have experienced it. In 2010 I have learned as much, (or more), than I did in 1980.

  • Mary Norton 6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

    I say they absorb so much at an early age as everything is new but I think every moment even when they are older are teaching moments. Of course, one can't be prescriptive all the time.

  • Jeremy 6 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

    Not at all! As a preschool director, I am very committed to education for children under seven, but great learning happens throughout life (I'm learning as I read this lens and the comments on it). I'm all for helping children learn as soon as they are ready--not necessarily waiting for the topic to show up in school. On the other hand, I've known too many children who were forced to start reading early by overeager parents with flashcards, software, books and videos. They tend to have dull eyes, weak imaginations, and view reading as a chore. Children need to be talked to, read to, and have a love for books imparted to them before beginning to read. The child will let you know when he or she is ready. Can you tell I'm passionate about this subject?)

  • swater 7 years ago

    No way. Every child is different and some need more repetition, some need alternative teching methods, some need extra help, more intensive one-one-one tuition. Some have had a disruptive childhood, this plays a part in a child's self confidence - which in turn affect their learning ability at that time -or forever if the issue is not addressed.

  • myraggededge 7 years ago

    People (children and adults) are capable of learning throughout their lives. They should be allowed to learn what they want. Having had three kids- one taught early, one removed from school at age 6 and one never having been to school, I'd say it is completely down to the individual. Not sure what you mean by 'the cut off time for good learning'. That implies some kind of non-existent deadline.

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?

Are we holding them back by not allowing early learning?

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  • Aunt-Mollie 4 years ago

    Yes, absolutely. Very young children have minds like sponges and want to absorb everything.

  • Aunt-Mollie 4 years ago

    Yes, absolutely. Very young children have minds like sponges and want to absorb everything.

  • Susan R. Davis 4 years ago from Vancouver

    If you make it fun for them, yes.

  • Palomina 4 years ago

    i think it is a childs nature to want to learn.I would start teaching them early but in an entertaining way for example when playing

  • BestForTheMoneyz 4 years ago

    yes otherwise they would not be so


  • CruiseReady 5 years ago from East Central Florida

    Yes - and we underestimate WHAT they can learn, too.

  • vauldine 6 years ago

    Yes, I do believe this since they are here on assignment!

  • catherinelovestv 6 years ago

    Yes and no, some do some don't. My 4 year old is desperate to start reading by himself so I have started teaching him. His brother is not so interested. I think it depends on the child

  • sidther lm 6 years ago

    Of Course! They look at what we are doing with amazement, if you offer to show a toddler something they get all excited. Most of the stuff that you can teach them early is fun for them anyway! You can even teach toddlers some science- they may not understand it all, but they sure do have fun with it! I think it depends upon the presentation of the topic, being age appropriate and fun and not forcing it if they are not in the mood.

  • Eighteen18 6 years ago

    i think that children learn when they are interested in something. When my son showed an interest in car badges aged 2, we talked about them - and he knew all the popular ones.. following this it was letters.. and he learnt them... he went to reception class aged 4, desperate to learn to read... and they didn't teach him to, and he became very despondent and is now a reluctant reader because they didn't capture it at the right time

  • GetSillyProduct 6 years ago

    yes, as long as you make it fun

  • pacrapacma lm 6 years ago

    Find ways to make learning fun and real. If it feels like you are pressuring or frustrating a child, do something different. Children want to learn.They want to learn from a person, not a computer though. If you use a computer program, I think you should sit with a child and find ways to learn outside of a program too.

  • Brookelorren LM 6 years ago

    Some of them do. My little boy taught himself how to count to 100. My theory is to let them learn early if they want to. I started homeschooling my daughter at 3 1/2.

  • photofk3 6 years ago

    Some want and some don't want. If he/she wants to learn early, one should not hold them by not allowing them to learn. As far as I'm concerned there are alternative school systems where children can learn at an earlier age than most of their peers. On the other hand, if a child doesn't seem to be wanting to learn early, he/she should not be forced to learn early. Parents know their children and should adjust their education according to their needs.

  • anonymous 6 years ago

    Children have the most grasping powers and though it is individual trait that happens to be the inspiration, children pick up fast and have immense potential.

  • rwoman 6 years ago

    Yes, they are eager and ready to absorb everything we throw at them, like sponges!

  • reflectionhaiku 6 years ago

    Yes, as long as learning is fun and a good opportunity to spend more time with those they love. Following my comment about subjects above, kids will be curious to learn more about astronomy or arithmetic if they remember the entertaining book dad or mom read to them about the planets or the interesting song they used to sing together about the numbers. Learning is everywhere at every age and it should always be about the wellness of the children not the expectations of the parents.

  • javr 6 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

    They learn as much as they can early. It' important to give them the opportunity. My daughter could read well by age 4. When she started kindergarten, she could read very well. They gave her a struggling student to tutor.

  • Mary Norton 6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

    Yes, as early as they open their eyes or even before that their sensations feed them so many things that they want to learn about. Studies have shown the value of ealry childhood education but the investment does not go much here at the moment.

  • ToddleTees LM 7 years ago

    Children are curious by nature, and they want to learn. Maybe not in the structured way we associate with school, but by experiencing life, play, music, art, reading, making friends, and by having people looking after them with the patience to answer all of their questions.

  • myraggededge 7 years ago

    You can't hold a child back. They start learning from birth and continue until death. You can deaden their instinct to learn by forcing them to learn too quickly. Us adults seem to think we know best what a child should be learning and this is not the case at all. Follow the child's lead.

  • DeboraR 7 years ago

    I think a child begins learning right away after birth. I believe as parents we should always be teaching our children because they need stimulation of all kinds but it needs to be age appropriate and not over done.

Should we ignore their needs and follow the trend?

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  • sorana lm 6 years ago

    No, we shouldn't. Their needs and desires are to learn. When looking at a baby who starts crawling and walking ... all they want to do is to discover the world around them, to learn about everything that surrounds them.

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?

Should we start children in school earlier, say 3-4 years?

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  • Aunt-Mollie 4 years ago

    I think nursery school is catching on around the world. In Israel, the government pays for school starting at age three. (And this is really school, not daycare.)

  • Wedding Mom 5 years ago

    Yes. So they'll learn how to interact and behave around other people.

  • sidther lm 6 years ago

    We sent our son to pre-school at age 3. It was from 8 am to 11:30 am and he loved it. It was not stressful for him, they smudged around paint and made macaroni pictures, he was not even aware that he was learning and made some great friends. When we met some kindergardeners who had not done preschool it was terrifying to see them waving scissors around and not understanding what they were- he is 1- 2 years ahead of his grade level still (depending upon subject) which is great because it allows him to be less stressed and focus harder if something challenges him. I attended school from age 3 and had a full day throughout- 8 am-5:30 pm. I moved to the US, was placed in a public school in 9th grade where I handed in a 5th grade book report and got 100%.... I did nothing whatsoever in high school. Well, there was a lot of napping.

  • sorana lm 6 years ago

    Children start school at 5yo in Australia. It's more like play and discover. I can't see anything wrong with children being in a learning-playing-discovering environment with teachers trained to teach them and have other children around to interact with. Some even go to kinder, pre-school or whatever those places are called where they learn. As long as they are happy and develop, it seems pretty good from my point of view.

  • Arquinn 6 years ago

    The earlier the better. But also it depends on the child and how the child was raised and trained. There are 3-4 year old children who cannot communicate well yet while there are 1 year olds who can.

  • rwoman 6 years ago

    I think it does depend on the child but learning doesn't need to start in school! My child started some formal learning in day care and then I sent him to a Montessori preschool at 3 and 1/2 which worked wonderfully for us as both situations gave him plenty of freedom to explore and play as well as learn.

  • reflectionhaiku 6 years ago

    It all depends on the children. If she/he is ready, by no means don't hold them back. There are obvious signs parents can look for. If they show no interests of starting school early, parents should not push them. Let each child thrive on their own pace.

  • Mary Norton 6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

    The interaction is great as children learn much from these but when they are sent to the traditional schools where they have to go through entrance exams, tests etc., I think we are just forming them early into the usual traditional mold.

  • blue22d 6 years ago

    If they appear to be ready for the interaction, why not? My granddaughter is 3 1/3 and she is going to school for 2.5 hrs twice a week. She gets to study dance on one of the two days. She is very bright and has a 18 month old sister at home. She is getting exposure to other children her age so she is developing social skills as well. It was felt she needed some outside exposure. So far she likes it and is learning to read and write her letters.

  • Mary Norton 7 years ago from Ontario, Canada

    School often force kids to follow one curriculum as individualized instruction is too expensive. Because of this, it often discourages some kids so I think for parents, the best way is to educate your own child as you know what he is ready for and socialize him with other kids.

Is it better to wait until 5 or 6 years before sending them off?

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  • Natural_Skin_Care 4 years ago

    In a perfect world each child should be evaluated for their readiness to go to school.

  • Diva2Mom 4 years ago

    Yes or no, but I must be honest, I enjoy keeping my lil precious ones at home, as much as I can, as it's difficult for me to let go of them at that early age:) I must say, that though I see both pros and cons of sending children at the age of 3-4 yrs old, I have to say NO (please, haha). I highly value a one-on-one mother-child relationship and interaction so much that I normally would prefer to keep my 3-4 year old children at home to learn from me both academically and morally. This is a very important "delicate" stage in their lives where both learning and nurturing are necessary. I believe that as a stay at home mom with a very hands-on teaching approach, I can make a huge difference in my children's ability to learn a lot at home at this age. It will also help prepare my children to enter Kindergarten at the age of 5. I love being a mommy and teaching my children about everything is one of the fun, rewarding things that any mom can do. So nope, I gotta keep my lil precious ones at home, haha...Thank you, my dear Norma! God bless dear :)

  • GetSillyProduct 6 years ago

    3-4 is a good time for nursery, where they can learn socialization and explore creatively without the restrictions of "traditional learning", I don't think children should start textbook learning this early

  • pacrapacma lm 6 years ago

    I had to write two comments. I did not add something in the first comment.

    Some countries do not push education above all else. I don't think changing school to an earlier age will help. Sports, extra curricular activities, TV, Wii, toys, computer games, and more have more value than education. One example is how much do sports stars get paid compared to teachers? Could countries falling behind put enough money into their education systems to have smaller class sizes, so children can be taught? Countries that succeed value working hard to achieve goals. Countries falling behind value fun and want as much as they can get with the least amount of effort. Children's performance reflects a country's values.

    How do we change values? I think parents have to put in a lot of effort to help their children value education and working hard. Parents need to extend the learning of a child, since schools in low performing countries teach to the middle or bottom half of a class.

  • pacrapacma lm 6 years ago

    Preschool for a few hours a day or week is great for 3 - 4 year olds. Wait on formal school until 5 or 6 years. Children benefit from experiencing the world through play and interaction. Daycares need to be chosen that encourage learning through play and interaction and parents need to take advantage of the time spent with little ones to get them a little education before school starts.

    Most children are not ready for an all day classroom at 3 and 4 years of age.

  • Jimmie Lanley 6 years ago from Memphis, TN, USA

    No, keep children with moms longer. Children can learn through play, crafts, and listening to good books. There is no need for formal instruction until age 7.

  • Brookelorren LM 6 years ago

    I think that it's better for children to be with their parents when they are younger. That doesn't mean that they can't learn then.

  • photofk3 6 years ago

    For most children it is definitely better to start going to school at about the age of 6-7. But some may have better capabilities than the majority of their peers and they should be allowed to start going to school earlier.

  • CofCJenny LM 6 years ago

    This is a tough question. While I believe that children should interact with other children and always be learning something new, or doing some sort of project to practice their motor skills, I don't think that it's fair to send them to school or daycare at such a young age. I would say that once, or more than that, a week children should go to some sort of class or a place where there are other children. Other than that, I think that they should be learning at home until kindergarten and then start a normal school schedule.

  • marsha32 7 years ago

    I say don't send them at all....but that is coming from me, as a homeschool parent.

    However, my 2 oldest children attended a pre-school, and my 2 youngest attended Headstart (I worked at Headstart as a lunch aide)

    So, I do believe that starting to educate early is awesome, it just doesn't have to be done inside of a school building.

  • myraggededge 7 years ago

    Don't send them at all! Schools are unnatural and completely go against a child's instinct to follow his/her interests. Nowhere in the 'real world' are we expected to sit in a room with 30 identically aged people all doing exactly the same thing at the same speed...well, nowhere except sweatshops and factories.

  • DeboraR 7 years ago

    I think children need to have their early years with the parents to be loved and cherished before putting them in care of strangers to teach them things in school. I consider the ages of 3, 4 to still be babies. Ages 5/6 are plenty young enough for them to be sent to schools.

  • KarenTBTEN 7 years ago

    Some preschools are more like the kindergartens of years past. I think that can be positive -- depending on the school and the child -- but I wouldn't want to mandate early education or add pressure. I started school early, and it was a negative experience.

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?

Do parents influence a child's ability to learn?

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  • tfsherman lm 4 years ago

    Maybe yes. Maybe no.

  • Diva2Mom 4 years ago

    ABSOLUTELY!!!! NOT just Academically, BUT also MORALLY!!! Parents, I believe, are designed by God to be the very FIRST people to help shape the lives of their children through a loving LEARNING process, from academic all the way to moral values. Parents definitely are the BEST teachers! Parents know their children BEST so they know BEST what type of educational approach to use for their kids, which makes learning a lot easier and better. Parents rock, yeh!! lol! God bless :)

  • norma-holt 4 years ago

    @SimSpeaks: Absolutely, couldn't agree with you more. Hugs

  • SimSpeaks 4 years ago

    Absolutely, parents are the best teachers. Whether you choose to teach or not, children pick from you, so you better do your job well.

  • Wedding Mom 5 years ago

    Yes. Children imitate their parents.

  • goo2eyes lm 5 years ago

    they are indeed. home is the best school of all.

  • mary lighthouse15 5 years ago

    This is a lens so worth reading. Formative years of a child is really crucial. Parents influence then a great deal.

  • blessedmomto7 5 years ago

    I think Parents are definitely the best teachers. I also believe that young children need to be home with their parents learning from them not sent off to preschool. No one loves my kids like I do and no one will be as concerned with all aspects of their learning. Praise God for a country that allows homeschooling!

  • sidther lm 6 years ago

    I think it depends upon the child, the teacher and the topic. Academically, my son learns best from me. Behaviorally he learns best from outsiders and socially he learns best from same aged peers.

  • pacrapacma lm 6 years ago

    Parents are the best teachers.

  • alkapuri 6 years ago

    yes this is true they are the best teacher for kids.

  • photofk3 6 years ago

    Yes they are.

  • photofk3 6 years ago

    Definitely. The most important factor in the development of a child's personality is what they see from their parents. Parents have a great impact on their children, whether they are good or bad parents. That's why one, as a parent, should always strive to do the best he/she can. Parents influence the development of their children's personlity, they teach them by example. They have a great responsibility. Parents can teach a lot to their children, most importantly useful skills that can help them succeed in life. They also can help a lot in helping their children learn subjects that are taught in school, if they are knowledgeable on that particular subject.

  • rwoman 6 years ago

    I think a child would learn anyway but absolutely parents influence it. We can certainly turn children on or off learning!

  • Mary Norton 6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

    Definitely and parents who really give this value have children who love to learn.

  • Rose Jones 7 years ago

    Of course! And kids learn best by example.

  • JewelRiver 7 years ago

    Yes without the love of a parent it is difficult for a child to develop.

  • Anthony Godinho 7 years ago from Ontario, Canada

    I think it is a combination of both - but I would put more emphasis on the parents in focusing on good upbringing and making it a lifestyle that it becomes natural not unnatural.

  • swater 7 years ago

    Yes. With the right tools and methods along with large doses of patience. Nothing can beat one-on-one tuition and no one understnads your child like yourself. However school is important for social development so I'm not sure about home schooling. I advocate parents taking an active role in their child's education.

  • Mary Norton 7 years ago from Ontario, Canada

    Yes. That is, of course, if they spend most of their time with you. Educating parents is key to child development. Aide et Action and New Humanity is currently working with a public school in Cambodia where parents of 5 year old children enrolled were asked to join parenting education. I witnessed simple village people tackling very well the stages in child development. I think programs like this one are crucial.

  • DeboraR 7 years ago

    I always say children live by the motto "monkey see, monkey do". They will always learn from the parents and others they spend the most time with. They learn from what they see more than what is said to them. So parents are and should be the greatest teachers. But for the good things although thats not always the case. I believe a child will learn without help but probably not as much as if they had encouragement from a loving parent.

  • Niche4you 7 years ago

    A child is like a sponge, and they by nature want to learn, its up to the parents and family to encourage and nurture this, i have known children on my many travels living round the world who can be fluent in another tongue by the age of 5

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  • vauldine 6 years ago

    Not always. We can mess things up for them because most often we give them an agenda for life when they came with their own!

  • myraggededge 7 years ago

    A child is a learning machine. All they require are plenty of resources, experiences, love and encouragement. They do not need adults to prescribe what they ought to be learning and at what age. We autonomously homeschool. We follow the child, not the other way round. They choose what they want to focus on and we make sure they have the resources to do so.

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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 3 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 4 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 4 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 4 years ago

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      Diva2Mom 4 years ago

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

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      tfsherman lm 4 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 4 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 4 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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      Hannah Writes 4 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 4 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 5 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 5 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

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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 6 years ago

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

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Very educational lens for the young minds of future generation.

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      darciefrench lm 6 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 6 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 6 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

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

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      anonymous 6 years ago

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

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      Senora M 6 years ago

      nice lens. looks like a lot of good discussion.

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      javr 6 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Thank-you for linking in my lens!

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      Mary Norton 6 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 6 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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      anonymous 6 years ago

      What a great idea for a lens :)

      Feel free to visit my alice + olivia dresses squidoo lens. Thanx

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      Jeremy 6 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 6 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 6 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 6 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 7 years ago

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      @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 7 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 7 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 7 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 7 years ago

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

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      Moe Wood 7 years ago from Eastern Ontario

      Congratulations on your purple star.

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      pkmcr 7 years ago from Cheshire UK

      Congratulations on a well deserved purple star :-)

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      HorseAndPony LM 7 years ago

      Congratulations on your purple star!

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      KimGiancaterino 7 years ago

      Congratulations on your purple star and your new Giant badge!

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      DeboraR 7 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 7 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      Wonderful information. Lensrolling to my PEEPS PreSchool lens

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      Niche4you 7 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 7 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 7 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 7 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 7 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 7 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 7 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 7 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.