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Early Learning: Be Happy, Be Positive

For the parents who are still on the early learning journey or about to embark upon it, I thought I should share this… Positive Emotions Help Infants Remember Early learning experts – Doman, Shichida, Heguru, TweedleWink – have always stressed the importance of being joyful, happy, and loving when teaching young children. In fact, four of Doman’s earlyContinue reading “Early Learning: Be Happy, Be Positive”

Glenn Doman Program: Raising Bright Kids

This was screening live last night on The AsianParent: What’s it about? This live interview with Janet Doman (IAHP), Douglas Doman (IAHP), and Lawrence Lee (Chief Consultant of Glenn Doman Baby Program in Singapore) is about the Glenn Doman early learning programs. It includes a discussion with Douglas Doman (author of How to Teach YourContinue reading “Glenn Doman Program: Raising Bright Kids”

Early Childhood Education: Children can Learn Anything Through “Play”

There is a constant conflict between early childhood educators and advocators who believe that children should only be playing, and not being “forced to learn” things. There is a fine line between the two because it is clear that children are learning even while playing. So where is the line? I think psychologist Gordon NeufeldContinue reading “Early Childhood Education: Children can Learn Anything Through “Play””

Early Childhood Education: Yep, I Torture my Children with Flash Cards

When it comes to early childhood education, there is one point I struggle with when I read comments like: “Asking children to handle material that their brain is not equipped for can cause frustration.” “If a child is forced to sit down and read flash cards but he is not capable of understanding the wordContinue reading “Early Childhood Education: Yep, I Torture my Children with Flash Cards”

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…”

Competitive Mind Maps Lend Credence to the Importance of Early Childhood Education

This is a brief explanation of neuroplasticity from the work of Michael Merzenich as discussed in Chapter 3 of The Brain that Changes Itself by Norman Doidge. For a more information, please read the book. Mind-mapping was a process first performed by Wilder Penfield. Using electrodes, he was able to map out areas of theContinue reading “Competitive Mind Maps Lend Credence to the Importance of Early Childhood Education”

Early Childhood Development: Focus on Input, Input, Input

If you have read any of Doman’s work on early childhood education, you will be familiar with his strong recommendations not to “test” children on what they have learned. If you aren’t familiar, what Doman says is essentially this: children hate to be tested and it is the quickest way to put them off learning.Continue reading “Early Childhood Development: Focus on Input, Input, Input”

Thoughts on Kumon and Early Childhood Education

I’ve always believed in early childhood development but when I read a headline like “Are Adults Hurting Young Children by Pushing Them to Achieve?” I have to question myself if I have gone overboard and allowed my “best intentions” to get ahead of myself. The article in question was written in response to the increaseContinue reading “Thoughts on Kumon and Early Childhood Education”

Handwriting Skills can Enhance Reading Ability

If you are teaching your child to read, then getting your child to work on his handwriting skills is a good supplementary activity based on the findings that handwriting enhances reading. This is because “kinesthetic learning results in very powerful memories”. Hmmm… no wonder I’ve always found it easier to remember more of what I’veContinue reading “Handwriting Skills can Enhance Reading Ability”

BrillKids Little Reader Deluxe Coupon – 25% Off!

This is the last of my coupon giveaways and it is for 25% off BrillKids Little Reader Deluxe package. What does Little Reader Deluxe package offer? Little Reader Software A ready-made Reading Curriculum – 6 or 12 months’ worth of lessons 2 BrillKids Presentation Binders 40 Customizable Flap cards 160 sheets of word and pictureContinue reading “BrillKids Little Reader Deluxe Coupon – 25% Off!”