- Family and Parenting
Early Childhood Abilities Encouraged
You Can Propel Your Child Into a Great Future With Early Learning
The things that worked for my children may not work for yours. However, children who are encouraged and given opportunities to learn early may benefit enormously from them. But, every case is different. This is not a lens on pushing children beyond their abilities but on giving them the tools to be great, if they want to. I mean Mozart could not have written his first work at the age of 3 if he didn't have a piano. Its not about teaching them as much as letting them learn.
Each of my children had enormous potential as toddlers. They were inquisitive, capable of learning and forward in their development. The thing I lacked was a way to expand on their abilities and promote the young brains into greater performance.
That is not the case now. My grandchildren are reaping the benefits of an end to the old fashioned tales of ruining a child's brain with too much early stimulation. How could we have got that so wrong?
No Longer Working in The Dark
Children advanced with technology
Mothers Who Seek The Best For Their Child Know What To Do
Of course mothers do their best to bring their child on and the toys we provide help to do that. The problem we mainly face is direction and guidance because we are well aware that we can also damage their interest and turn them off. Definitely don't push them but encourage them to be interested in different things, such as reading.
The Changing World In Which They Grow UP
But the world has changed. Progress through the Internet has seen many software programs developed for that purpose. As one interested in seeing mothers with young children given every opportunity it is a pleasure for me to be able to show them where they can get such programs and at bargain prices.
It is somewhat amazing how well young babies do with things like flash cards and games and how quickly they pick up word recognition and alphabet sounds and so on. That's what makes this program so good. My niece has her 20 month old son recognizing letters of the alphabet and what they stand for using such a system. He loves the game and wants more.
The programs are simple to use and videos walk you through the process to get you on your way
Your Opinion Matters - Have your say. How old were you when you started reading.
Do You Think Early Learning Harms a Child
Don't Judge Your Children before You Know Them
And love them, nurture them, preseve their genius.
When my eldest daughter, Karen, started school at the age of four the principal announced that she would read us books before she turned five. Sure enough she came home with books that had phonetic sounds and words and she sat there and read them to us.
Pictured is her second son Jeffery, at around 12 months of age. He is now 2 and loves books and recognizes letters and identifies all the objects in certain books designed for that purpose. Her children, like her, are just so advanced for their age they will be high achievers as she is. Like his brother, Christopher, when I arrive the first thing they get are some books for me to read to them.
We were stunned by the principal's words because we had never heard the like. It was, therefore, exciting to be able to find programs now that allow children the benefits that are denied kids out of ignorance and perhaps a parents inability to appreciate the benefits of early childhood educational toys to enhance their natural talents..
If you firmly believe that your child will be better for it then what is holding you back? If you procrastinate over this your may be stopping their future success. You have seen how well these things work. Your child will develop according to what you do. Don't let your little one down as life is to big a struggle and competition is just too great to survive without the best of help.
Children in Kindergarten - Prepare your child
Do You Favor Giving Children the Best Opportunities? - What's your take on this?
Should we be supplying learning tools at a young age?
When I was a Child
The things that mattered then.
Its like looking back into the Stone Age. Mostly I loved to draw with chalk and use crayons to color in pictures. But no one taught me to read or recognize objects like my grandchildren do. We did not even have colored rings to play with, like this lucky little girl.
Starting school at age four and a half my kindergarten was about playing with plasticine and spending your day doing things like coloring in and playing with toys. In contrast when my children started school, at that age, they were presented with tasks and challenges to get them thinking. The girls were already reading phonetically within weeks and Karen was learning music by the age of 5.
Margaret, my youngest daughter, actually started school at three when the school offered to take her. She spent 2 years in kindergarten but was so athletic that by age 4 she managed to do 24 laps of the local swimming pool in a swim-a-thon. All 3 of my children started swimming lessons at the time they started school.
Margaret eventually took on Martial Arts and has many Australian titles and 2 World titles. In Japan a few years ago she received the highest level in her discipline. She was asked to coach people for the Olympic Games, held in Sydney in 2000, but she declined because her Karate and stuff is different. She also had her second World Title bout in Madison Square Gardens in New York to contend. Now she trains others, including security officers, police and so on.
None of my children suffered any adverse effects from their early childhood training and they have done extremely well in life. This more than counters the argument that children should be left alone to develop in their own time.
My greatest dream as a young child was to learn the piano. This program teaches children of a very young age to master the keyboard and that, in turn, improves their social skills, maths and science abilities and so on. Check it out and see what it offers.
My little hero
This is my special little boy at age 5 in his school's swimming carnival. He is really enjoying himself and the attention he got on the day.
This school was one of the best in Sydney but it did not suit Andrew or me. He required better attention than what they gave. One of the highlights of his stay there was a concert in which his kindergarten class performed 'There was an old woman who swallowed a spider." I can still see the actions and the wonderful joyful expressions of the boys while entertaining us.
Unlike sister Karen Andrew was slower in achieving, especially in the reading department. It was not until his second year of school that it was pointed out to me that he had trouble hearing. A trip to the specialist soon revealed gluey ears. The poor child was almost deaf from it and could not hear the teacher. This condition results from blocked Eustachian tubes and once unblocked he progressed but never really achieved as well as if this had not happened to him.
Karen's First Days at school
It was extremely overwhelming for all of us
When your child starts school there are usually tears but I had to hold mine back as they went off, one by one, with their new teachers into an environment they had never imagined. As their new lives began I strutted around with the camera taking shots wherever possible.
This is my shy little Karen biting her fingernails. She swung her head just as the camera clicked so her hair looks a little untidy. The little girl second from right had leukemia and did not make it all the way. These kids were simply glorious and they came from good homes and were all as timid as one another at first.
Margaret Gets Straight Into It
Don't hold me back!
You could almost hear these words pouring out of her as she had cried continuously after Karen started school because she wanted to go as well.
A year and a half younger than Karen my heart was aching for her pain. Then a miracle happened! The school made a mistake and sent me an acceptance for her into kindergarten. When I explained that she was only 3 they agreed to take her anyway. She was ecstatic. At last she could join in with her sister.
This shot is of her first day and she is already onto the arabesque, although she probably did not know what it was. She just wanted to be doing to prove herself.
What Age Should Children Start School - Should we listen to what they want?
Before 5 or after
Definitely before 5
The Friends and Fun Was Worth It.
Its all about socialisation
This is Karen's 5th birthday and she was very popular. These are just a few of the many girls who attended her day and you can see how excited she was.
The party was simple because the catering and decorations were home made. We did not have outside entertainment and they are shown here on our patio. No one can tell me they did not enjoy the day, I know Karen certainly did.
Andrew Was Not left Out
His first day was not recorded.
To my regret for some reason I did not take the camera to Andrew's first day at school. But we have lots of pics from his time.
His first school was a bit difficult so he was enrolled in Knox Grammar. This wonderful environment was based on a military foundation of cadets and lots of opportunities for boys to learn and grow. With all the advantages of a prince no one could help but achieve from the education given at such a young age.
This picture was taken on the parade ground after the school's cadet parade. The girls enjoyed it as well.
A Child's Success Depends on Its Early Training
Socialisation, Good Manners and Education
If you care for your children you will act as you would want them to be when grown up. If you are a lazy, drunken bum then that is the standard they absorb.
What goes in by the age of seven stays with them forever. My children are a testimony to that. They were not only given the best advantages that I could afford but they were trained against drugs, tattoos, alcohol and generally stupidity.
Education is not only about learning reading writing and arithmetic but they take on board what their parents do, their habits, their dreams, their background and their actions. They are sponges soaking it all in, just like little animals who learn from their mothers.
The mother is the one most able to be on hand at all times in their young lives so she is the image they adopt. Her input shapes and molds them while the father's input gives them security, love and images of a different form. Together they represent the child's world. Apart they will break everything their little one depends on. People need to think of that before marriage and certainly before separation and divorce.
Should parents become involved in their child's education? - Or leave everything up to the teachers.
Parents should get involved
Building Strength, Character and Honesty
These are the best attributes to aim for.
Teach a child honesty by never lying to it. Take a stand against stupidity and create the strength within that a leader needs.
Show the way, light the path and stand by and watch as what you put in during the formative years comes out again in their own children. Thus, you create generations of greatness and a nation of strength and belonging. A country that reflects what its people are and which is worth more than gold.
Allow in the stupidity, drugs, violence and low self-esteem and your nation becomes war torn, poverty stricken and parched for good leadership. If you don't believe that then look at countries like Mexico, as an example, and others where people are on their knees begging for help. Where children are victims of crime and many are killed and left to rot in the streets. Where crime rules so does anarchy.
Teach your children good values that allow them to be well off without wealth and caring enough to give to all instead of taking from everyone with greed and insatiable appetites. Do this and you build strength. Do this and you have accomplished greatness. It all starts from the cradle and through education of the young.
The picture is of the cadet parade at Knox.
Books on teaching children
Still images from Dreamstime - click here
Kindy Children Performing on Stage
My Other Lenses on Child Upbringing
The greatest asset we have is our family. Children are a major part of that and their future is vital. We can do more to preserve it by starting early childhood learning and looking out for any form of abuse or other things that will hurt them. That means building their knowledge and self-esteem.
- Educating Young Children
The first thing is to capture their young minds and train them into what will come next, such as reading, writing and arithmetic. Its what humans require most for the future.
- How To Build a Child's Self Esteem
This is the thing often overlooked by busy parents who may not have the time to consider the importance of this aspect of their child's future.
- Early Childhood Learning
My own children started very young and it really paid off. Early learning is the key to their future.
- How To Protect Children
Children should know of the dangers they will face as they head out into new environments. Don't leave them without the tools to defend themselves and to know how to get help when needed.
- Child Abuse Can Be Prevented
Many parents think of their children as sex slaves or other. If you see this happening then know your intervention can save their lives.
© 2009 norma-holt