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