Right Brain Education in Early Childhood Development

In my last post, I said I didn’t want to be a Tiger Mom. Now it might appear ironic when I’m sending my children for right brain education, I’m starting Gavin on Soroban/Anzan so he can perform instant complex calculations in his head, I’m trying to teach them music and a second language that I don’t even speak, and we’re singing science songs in the car about the human body. But this is my philosophy on early childhood education:

Maria Montessori said that children had an absorbent mind that made learning easy in their first six years of life. After that, it gets harder. Makoto Shichida spoke of the law of diminishing ability which meant that a child who is two years old will learn more quickly than a child who is three years old, and a child who is one year old will learn more quickly than a child who is two years old. In other words, for every year we wait, we’re squandering our children’s amazing learning potential.

If you knew that, would you wait until your child is five or six years old before you started teaching him how to read, or would you start earlier? Starting children on early childhood education programs from toddlerhood is not about being a Tiger Mom, it’s trying to make learning enjoyable for your child. Most things are usually more fun when it’s easy and you’re good at it. Giving children a headstart on the 3Rs so that school will be easier and less stressful sounds like a good plan to me.

“Yeah, but if they know so much, they’ll get bored at school.”

I’ve heard this argument before and I can’t even begin to understand the rationale behind it. So you want to make things harder for your child and squander his potential just because you’re worried he’ll be bored at school? Instead of trying to fit into a flawed system, how about looking for a system to fit our children? Instead of trying to hold them back, we should be looking for ways to help them reach their potential. Everyone has the potential to be something great. Failure to realise that potential means that the system has failed them.

Every which way I’ve looked at it, I keep coming back to right brain education. I want my children to excel in life, find their passions and be great at what they do so that they can contribute towards the future of this world. Yes, a lofty goal, but I think that’s what we all should want for our children. We should want our children to be better than us and their children better than them. Every step forward should be in bettering ourselves and the world we live in.

Right brain education helps us achieve this because it taps into a child’s innate abilities and allows that child to use those magnificent abilities to excel at whatever they choose.

It has been nearly a year and a half since I first started my quest to understand more about right brain education. I realise that some of what I have written, particularly in the early months, may now be obsolete. Over the next few posts, I plan to consolidate everything I know about right brain education. So if you have been curious about right brain education, but find the information about it sketchy and confusing, I hope to provide a little more clarity. If you have any specific questions in mind, feel free to leave a comment or contact me so I can address them.

Published by Shen-Li

SHEN-LI LEE is the author of “Brainchild: Secrets to Unlocking Your Child’s Potential”. She is also the founder of Figur8.net (a website on parenting, education, child development) and RightBrainChild.com (a website on Right Brain Education, cognitive development, and maximising potentials). In her spare time, she blogs on Forty, Fit & Fed, and Back to Basics.

4 thoughts on “Right Brain Education in Early Childhood Development

  1. hi,
    I would like to join you in sending my boy, 2.5yr old for soroban. But i prefer to send him for classes with tutor rather then learning thru online. You done any survey for soroban classes in Klang valley?
    I do not have confident that my boy could learn online. He might not be able to sit still in front of the pc and most probably he will just be hitting the keyboards.
    Hope to hear some advise from you.
    Thanks

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    1. Hi Adeline,

      There are classes in Klang Valley that teach mental math – not exactly anzan, but some also use an abacus. I wrote about them here:

      https://figur8.net/baby/2011/02/03/early-childhood-education-mental-math-programs/

      CMA (which is in the New Wing of 1Utama) and Global Math which is in Subang Jaya (they say they are opening a new branch in Damansara Jaya – should be soon, I think). CMA uses an abacus, too, but not Soroban. There is also Kumon which is generally working with Math drills so I’m not so keen on that.

      For Global Math, here are the details (looks like someone hacked their website so you won’t be able to get any details from there):

      Globalmaths & Globalart Damansara Jaya will be opening soon in June 2011, the open day is 22th May. Contact Ben Lim for a free trial class on 012 3979238.

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  2. Even I am proficient in mandarin, but to teach young child that language needs a lot more effort, I suppose it is due to its hieroglyphs nature, especially looks like that language has gone through some evolutions in many respect compared to my time, very technical, even I can’t figure out myself for certain technical question. When V was 3, she picked up 200 words, when she was 4, she stopped completely, because out of sight, out of mind. Then now 5, she has to do it all over again. Even me who is familiar with such language is still struggling, so you have done remarkably to bring betterment to your children. Don’t give up.

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