Love Of Learning Helps Make The Grade

Young Shichida kids showing a love of learning, featured in the Herald Sun

Caitlin, 5, William, 5 and Julia, 4 can’t wait to start school.

Picture: Alex Coppel

A love of learning

Because of their love of learning, a group of precocious youngsters just can’t wait for their first

day of prep. William, Julia and Caitlin can already read, write, do simple

additions and recall 50 random items in sequence.

The gifted trio have been attending Shichida early learning classes

and are expected to be well ahead of their classmates on the first

day of school.

Five-year-old Julia is reading comfortably at grade 1-2 level, can

count up to 200 in multiples of twos, fives, and 10s, and can recite

pi to 180 decimal places. Proud father Vlad Rozenkov says Julia has

benefited enormously from being involved in a structured learning program.

“She can read fluently and write quite well, she is well prepared for

school,” he said. “She was extremely shy when she started but now she is

confident in expressing herself.”

Instil a love of learning at a young age

Shiaoling Lim, who runs Shichida early learning centre, says it’s

crucial to instil a love of learning at a young age.

“What we are trying to do here when they are younger is to

exercise the brain and have it working at an optimum level,” Ms

Lim said.

“By the time kids are five or six years old and at school, they’ve

already lost the best years of their learning lives.”

Ms Lim advises parents to prepare their children for prep to ensure

they have a positive experience at school.

“It’s better to be dealing with being ahead, rather than trying to

work on catching up with the class,” she said.

“If you start school behind, and don’t do anything about it, the

odds are against you ever catching up.

“A child can quickly grow to fear reading or mathematics, for

example, and become defeated before they even start year 1.”

Frank Blakiston, the father of five-year-old William, agrees.

William has been attending weekly classes since he was nine

months old.

“We’ve never looked at it as just reading or counting, it’s the love of learning that’s important.”

January 22, 2016 11:30pm

Rita Panahi, Herald Sun

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