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Early Childhood Education – What’s it Really Worth?

Education in this day and age is expensive. If you want your child to go to a good school, it costs even more – so much so that I often hear parents asking if it is worth it to pay so much for their child’s preschool and whether it would be better to save theContinue reading “Early Childhood Education – What’s it Really Worth?”

Active Baby, Healthy Brain: 135 Fun Exercises and Activities to Maximize Your Child’s Brain Development from Birth Through Age 5 1/2

Movement, play, and active exploration in the first five years of a child’s life are essential to the development of his or her body and brain. Now Active Baby, Healthy Brain presents 135 massages, exercises, and activities that engage your child’s love of play while also stimulating his or her brain development in multiple areas,Continue reading “Active Baby, Healthy Brain: 135 Fun Exercises and Activities to Maximize Your Child’s Brain Development from Birth Through Age 5 1/2”

Early Childhood Education: Monkey See, Monkey Learn…

I used to wonder about the value in sending a young child for enrichment classes. After all, what value can be derived if a child cannot sit still and pay attention? And yet, I started sending Hercules for right brain education classes from a tender age of 5 months. In TweedleWink, it was more aboutContinue reading “Early Childhood Education: Monkey See, Monkey Learn…”

10000 Hours of Practice

I stand corrected. When I was examining the Prodigy Myth, I highlighted talent as one of, though not the critical, element to raising a prodigy. After reading Outliers, it appears that talent is squat if you don’t spend the time developing it. This fundamental rule applies to everyone – all-star sportspeople, chess masters, Bill Gates,Continue reading “10000 Hours of Practice”

Early Childhood Development – Is It Working?

When my grandfather went to University, there were only 500 students in the entire University. People often did not complete highschool and left after their second year to get jobs. These days, there are numerous courses at every University and even more students. The majority of working adults have attended a University and have atContinue reading “Early Childhood Development – Is It Working?”

Top 5 Activities for Early Childhood Development – Part 2

See Part 1 Sport – Swimming I’ve also written about the importance of movement in learning and I think we all know the health benefits of physical activity so I guess it is a given that it would be ideal for a child to do a sport. Why swimming? Well, it could be any sportContinue reading “Top 5 Activities for Early Childhood Development – Part 2”

Top 5 Activities for Early Childhood Development – Part 1

Was it only 3 and a half years ago when I wondered what I could do as a parent to help bring out the best in my child?  Since then we have come across so many different early childhood development programs that it can be quite overwhelming for new parents to know what you shouldContinue reading “Top 5 Activities for Early Childhood Development – Part 1”

Music Lessons: The Suzuki Method

Although my earlier attempts to send Gavin to music classes were dismal failures (Kindermusik, Yamaha Music Kids), I was encouraged to try again when Gavin expressed a renewed interest to learn music after his school concert performance a couple of months back. Given Gavin’s negative response to both the Kindermusik and Yamaha Music Kids programs,Continue reading “Music Lessons: The Suzuki Method”

Early Childhood Development – Back to Basics

Through all my research about early childhood development, I have noticed several themes cropping up time and time again.  As a parent, you probably would not have had to do any reading to know this because they are all pretty common sense stuff.  However, as common sense as it is, sometimes, it still gets lostContinue reading “Early Childhood Development – Back to Basics”