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Suggestion to Parents of 2-5 year olds August 18, 2008 6:17 PM

Research says that "from conception to age 4, the individual develops 50% of his mature intelligence, from ages 4-8 he develops another 30%, and from ages 8 to 17 the remaining 20%.  As much of the development takes place in the first 4 years of life as in the next 13 years.  We are inclined to believe that this is the most important growing period for academic achievement and that all subsequent learning in the school is affected and in large part determined by what the child has learned by the age of 9 or by the end of grade 3.  It is evident that when the school and home environments are mutually reinforcing, learning is likely to be greatest.  The nature of the learning environment is most critical during the periods of most rapid change in learning-the early years of school."

--Benjamin S. Bloom: "Stability and Change in Human Characteristics.

PLEASE SEEK OUT academic challenges for your little ones!  There are thousands of opportunities in every city.  Find a foreign language tutor, send them to an art day-camp, just read to them at night.  It is SO important to the rest of their lives!  No matter what financial situation you are in, you can better the life of your child.  After all, public libraries are free.

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