For some time now there has been a tendency to start learning earlier and earlier. This is demonstrated not only by the reduction of school age, but also by the constantly expanding educational offer designed for even few years old.
However, many parents ask themselves the question: “Isn’t it too early”? After all, it will be time to learn, and preschool age is above all a time of carefree fun. As it turns out, one with the other can go hand in hand!
Why is it worth to start education as early as possible?
A variety of educational activities bring many benefits to children. Numerous scientific studies show that the first years of life are the most important for the intellectual development of human, and a properly designed educational process brings measurable results in the future. It is at preschool age that the mind is the most absorbent. By the age of five, as much as 80% of the neural network structure is formed. What is more, the pre-school period is crucial for the recognition of children’s competences and their natural development. This applies to all aspects of motor and mental development, including language competences, musical skills and, surprisingly for many, also mathematical skills – inference, solving logical problems or categorisation.
The research shows that half of children aged 5-6 years are mathematically gifted, and on of them 1 show above-average abilities in this direction. The experience of the Helen Doron Educational Group shows that a tailor-made methodology can be effective even among younger children, so in some countries even 2-year-olds participate in classes.
Children learn most effectively through play
For the early education of several-year-olds to be effective, teaching methods must be adapted to the level of development of children – so that they allow to use their natural potential, arouse curiosity and build internal motivation to acquire new competences. This can only be achieved if learning takes place through play.
The almost 30 years of experience of the Helen Doron Educational Group, which stimulates the overall development of activities taking place in groups of several people and in a pleasant atmosphere, show that for children they become not only a source of new skills, but also a source of joy and satisfaction, which in turn – apart from broadening their knowledge – allows them to build social competences and self-esteem.
How to choose the right classes for your child?
Choosing the right classes for your child should be based on several assumptions: first of all – do not burden your child with excessive number of extra classes. Everything requires caution and moderation, so it is advisable to limit yourself to one or two forms of additional child activity. Especially as the educational offer of kindergartens is systematically expanded.
Secondly, it is worth considering at this stage what kind of skills may bring the most benefits to the child in the future, and their development at subsequent stages of adolescence may turn out to be more difficult. This is the case with foreign language learning, mathematical skills or the development of musical skills.