One of our main missions here at www.childwelfaresparc.com is to promote the advancement of early childhood education.
We think that this is a crucial aspect of childhood development and that the proper alignment of individual methods with societal strategies can combine to increase the long term potential of our children, both as individuals prepping them for high academic achievement, and as a broader societal trend that can help spur innovation in the long run.
Early Start Program
The objective of this program is to jump start childhood education by increasing parental awareness of the benefits of starting young, and consistently monitoring and encouraging intellectual stimulation, even for toddlers and pre-school age children.
We believe that waiting until kindergarten to teach a child the alphabet, for example, or even to begin reading simple stories, is far too long.
Instead, this knowledge can start several years earlier. Since there are currently very few existing programs for parents to send their children to that encourage this level of program, that means the beginnings need to come from a proper home environment.
Where To Begin: Reading Out Loud
One of the easiest and most powerful things any parent can do is to read out loud to your children every single day. If possible, you can even do this twice a day.
Try to set aside a specific reading time at some point during the morning, when the child’s brain is at its most receptive stage. In general, it is best to schedule this time 30 minutes to 2 hours after a morning meal, and not after the midday meal, as children tend to become more tired and less receptive during the afternoon hours.
The morning time should be scheduled and last for at least 30 minutes. This is when the child will learn most actively.
Then, as an added benefit, try incorporating nightly reading sessions before the child goes to sleep. The point of these sessions is not to teach, per se, but rather to provide continued exposure for the child. Placing this second study period before bedtime will allow the child’s brain to absorb the material as he or she sleeps, and lead to better mental cognition in the long term.
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