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.