How Important is Early Childhood Learning?
Early childhood learning and education is getting more attention recently and we might see articles about it in magazines, the newspaper or segments on the TV news. Also, as the test results of national tests like NAPLAN and global assessments like OECD-PISA get more visibility, parents wonder about how early-education can affect the life of their child.
So is an early childhood learning a vital part of your child’s formative years, or is it something that is nice to have, but not that important?
As a parent who is willing to understand more about how to make your child’s future a better one, you are probably curious how early childhood learning can benefit them. Do you find that you have any of the following concerns?…
- I want to make sure that I educate my child, but not pressure them too much.
- I want my child to be happy and enjoy their childhood.
- I would love to spend constructive and quality time with my child to create fond memories with them.
- I want my child to have fun and do something that they enjoy, whether it is learning or having a play.
These are really common questions related to early childhood learning.
The best way to address them is to see 3 very important things that happen during 0-5 years old (the so-called “sensitive years”).
1. Early experiences affect the quality of the architecture of the brain.
babyWe can think of the brain’s development at this time much like how a house is built. The very first step is to build the foundation.
If we build the frames first, it is nearly impossible to come back and re-build the foundation. Much better to build a strong base so we can build a sturdy house on top.
Similarly, the brain during this period is taking in every aspect of its environment. If we provide a rich and comprehensive learning environment, the child’s eager brain will absorb everything around them and fire up new synapses. All that will form a strong base for absorbing and processing all information that will come in the span of their lifetime. If an environment is not stimulating, the brain will have less to work with and the foundation will be a fragile one.
If a child lacks the proper foundation, they start to lose conﬁdence and interest as the material they have to learn becomes difficult.
2. Children are learning their most basic concepts and their place in the world.
Your child has nature’s unique seed of potential, but it must be nurtured. Language for example, is one specific skill that needs such nurturing. Every child has the innate capacity to learn many languages at once. They have unlimited potential that can only be discovered when exposed to a language-rich and engaging environment. This applies to every basic concept and skill that they will need in their lives such as numeracy, critical thinking, literacy, and creativity. All such concepts and skills will be something that a child will use all the way into adulthood.
Like a seed that can grow to be a tree, it still needs the sun, fertiliser, good soil and water to help it grow.
In the same way, if the child has not been provided with a stimulating environment, their understanding of the world will be stunted.
3. The most important bonds are being formed.
From the beginning, babies can recognise human faces, distinguish between different members of their family and even sense tension in their voices.
This is why the first human connections they make are so important. Loving connections will sow the seeds of trust in the child. This will help them form positive relationships in the future.
Are you ready to be there to guide them with your full attention during this very important stage of their lives? Your role, as your child’s first teacher, shapes and influences their attitude towards learning. If you make it fun and join them in the fun, they will love learning. If you put pressure on them, of course learning will be an uphill battle.
What if you could encompass all of the best parts of learning?
To a child, learning is play and play is learning. They do not know the difference because their growing brains are hungry for knowledge and learning. However, every child learns differently so it is important to find a way to help a child engage in a way, where not only are they gaining knowledge, but the seed is planted in them to seek out learning and knowledge for themselves.
At Shichida, you will be shown how early learning takes on a new meaning, where you will be guided and shown what and how to work with your child and most importantly, have fun with your child. With just 50 minutes a week, parents and children will create a foundation together that lasts a lifetime.
Each week, your child will:
Experience comprehensive early childhood learning that leads to building success upon success:
- Every part of the Shichida method leads naturally and organically to the next step.
- A child learns a certain topic when the child can learn it the best (age-appropriate).
- They are given many opportunities to learn the material in a loving and supportive environment, and the child is set up to succeed because they are given as many positive experiences as possible in that 50 minutes period.
Focus on input from 0-3 years old and output from 4-6 years old:
- Because the child is learning all the basic concepts, they are given a wide range of engaging material to interact with.
- Children are given an opportunity to learn through simple exposure, along with hands-on activities.
- They are not pressured or tested.
- Throughout the early years as they gain more confidence, their output bursts forth from 4 years old.
- The children will be full of confidence and excitement when it comes to learning.
- They learn to gradually see how they can make a unique and amazing difference in the world. That is why we focus so much on creating that strong foundation.
Quality time and fond memories:
- Bonding time spent with parents.
- Fun and engaging learning activities establish a love of learning as the child has positive emotions repeated over time.
- In the span of just 50 minutes, the Shichida program offers an ideal capsule of quality time that you can spend with your child.
- This will also help your child become an independent learner once they go out in the world, carrying the warm memories of these very special and fleeting moments.
- On top of it all, for parents, this program teaches parents how to be their child’s first best teacher. When parents and children learn together, magic happens.
As you can see, the Shichida Method is a vital part of a child’s growth and learning that’s a treat to experience.