Let children be children: Let them learn
From the moment they are born, children begin to learn.
Children are exceptional! They start learning from the day they are born. But many parents fear that if they put their child in situations where it is necessary to learn, their capacity for creativity and learning in the future will be inhibited. However, innovative researchers in the field of education say that you can help a child to develop by placing them in an educationally rich environment:
“I am extremely proud to be able to prepare our Australian children for a very challenging future,” said Shiao-Ling Lim, director of the Shichida Australia Early Learning Program. “The proof, the need, and certainly the passion comes from both our parents and our instructors. First of all, however, it is important for the little ones to love what we present to them and for the information to help them in every way, even before entering a formal educational environment. ”
But Shiao-Ling is inspired not only by a desire to positively influence children. Through the research of Dr Frank Oberklaid (Founder and Director of The Center for Children’s Health at Melbourne Royal Hospital). He discovered that:
“The days when only knowledge of the alphabet is sufficient when entering school are gone […], and if young children enter school behind their peers it will be too late. If the first time a child opens a book is when he is 7 years old, then he is already behind with learning. This is something that real educators (usually those who have worked with more than 20 children at a time) already know. As parents, this is a situation we want to avoid for our children at all costs. The starting line is at birth (if not sooner!).”
Another discovery is that a child learns everything about the world the moment they enter it:
“We know for sure that learning begins at birth. The first five years before the children get to school are probably the most important years in terms of education. ”
We emphasize that it is too late for children to start learning only once they start school. Dr. Oberklaid points out that time is extremely important: why not start creating a strong foundation for learning when it’s easier and your child’s mind is like a sponge?
“As people get older, the brain circuits are literally affected, those circuits in the brain stabilize and become much less plastic. As an adult, if you try to learn something new, even if it is a foreign language or playing musical instrument, it is more difficult and the reason is that the plasticity of the brain decreases over time. It’s like the foundation of a house. You can try to redo it, but it is expensive and difficult and is never as good as it used to be. And the longer you let it go, the harder it gets, the more complicated it gets.”