Why Early Education?
When is it the best time for the child to start learning? Should we wait for the pre-school to officially start the learning process? Must learning be done only in school? Well, by 8 months, a baby’s brain has about 1,000 trillion nerve connections. By the age of 10, that number is reduced to about 500 trillion. As the brain operates on a ‘use it or lose it’ basis, early experiences are the defining factor affecting the rate of reduction in nerve connections. Studies on neglected children, who had been deprived of physical and mental stimulation, found that parts of their brain were underdeveloped and 20-30% smaller than most children their age. Experts may draw different conculsions. But we at Learning Tech Program, we believe it is never too early to start the child’s learning process.
Did you know that language learning is a natural process during the early years?
During the first six months of life, babies babble using a combination of 70 sounds that make up all the languages in the world. They will then learn to talk using only the sounds and words they pick up from their environment. For this reason the first few years is the best time for a child to learn another language.
Pre-school years are vital years!
Fifty percent of the ability to learn is developed in the first four years of life, another 30 percent by the age of 8 and the remaining 20 percent by the age of 18. Everything we learn later grows from the patterns established during these years.
– Are you making the best of these formative years of your child?
– The habit of reading and the love of learning are developed at home!
Reading skills are important While knowing how to read is essential for day-to-day survival, developing a passion to read opens new worlds for children. By reading, children can acquire all the knowledge, skills and values essential for their success in school and in life. Did you know that about 20 to 30 percent of school-age children have difficulties learning to read?During early grades, their difficulties are quite embarrassing to them. This humiliation suppresses their motivation and self-esteem. Children who are most at risk for reading difficulties are those who were not read to at home.
Reading to your children…
– Is an integral part of teaching them how to read
– Makes it easier for them to develop their speech and language
– Teaches them new vocabulary and pronunciation
– Builds their listening skills and increases their attention span
– Stimulates their imagination and fosters their natural curiosity
– Develops their ability to express themselves more clearly and confidently in spoken and written terms
– Is a great way to prepare them for the school environment
– Is a wonderful bonding experience that nourishes emotional development
Reading to our kids molds them into readers, which significantly increases their potential for academic as well as lifelong success!
Children can start learning any language during infancy and by six can develop advanced language skills! From birth to four months, babies are ‘universal linguists’ capable of distinguishing each of the 150 sounds that make up all the languages in the world! (Babies Are Smarter Than You Think – LIFE Magazine) The power to learn a language is so great in the young child…they can learn as many spoken languages as you can allow them to hear regularly! (Dr. Susan Curtiss, Professor of Linguistics, UCLA) Around age three, children start putting words together into simple sentences and by age six have experienced a vocabulary explosion of more than 10,000 words! (Cognition, Perception and Language – W. Damon & D. Kuhn
– Early years are critical, and kindergarten is too late to start learning
– Reading habits are important, and need to be developed early and at home
– Children have a lot of free time that can be utilized more productively
– Now is the time to prepare our children for the competition they’ll face in the future
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