Why Teach Early

The period from birth to 8 years is a very critical time in a baby’s brain development. Scientists have proven that the human brain develops majority of its neurons between birth and 7 years of age. These years lay the neurological foundation for intellectual growth. Millions of neurons are generated in a child’s brain every day. The neurons of the brain multiply faster than any other cells in a baby’s body. Each of the brain’s neurons is connected to roughly 5,000 other neurons. In general, the more branches between neurons (dendrites) and more connections between neurons (synapses) the brain has, the greater becomes the processing power of the brain. More pathways mean information can travel in many ways, leading to faster and out of the box thinking. Now, a baby’s brain builds these neural pathways by forming connections in response to the stimulation and information it receives. If no stimulation is received the neuron dies without forming a pathway. If more stimulation is received, the neurons make neural connections and more powerful and developed the brain becomes. Almost 50 percent of the brain cells your baby is born with will die during the first few years of life due to lack of stimulation. It is your responsibility as parents to develop and stimulate those neurons so that they form as many neural pathways as possible. Engaging your child with flashcards is the easiest way to develop those neurons to form effective pathways.

Babies begin to learn about the world around them from a very early age. Understand that children love to learn. In fact, never think that you are putting unnecessary stress on your child by teaching them things early. You may relate all this activity to studying, schooling, stress etc but for a child it’s like any other play activity. In fact, the child will be grateful to you throughout his life for the early learning that you gave him. Early learning prepares the child for an easy and comfortable learning in future. At school-age, learning to read can prove a headache for many children but learning as a baby is natural and effortless. Since reading is one of the most important skills a child will ever learn, we would encourage parents to begin teaching their baby to read from the age of 6 months, or even a little early. Children who develop the ability to read and follow basic mathematics before starting school have higher self-esteem than their peers. These children are also more likely to enjoy school, as they have been equipped with the right basic tools early in life. You can also begin teaching your baby math from the age of 4 months, and if you do so, you will have the opportunity to give your child an intuitive understanding of this core subject. He will develop love towards mathematics from an early age.

A child’s early years lay the foundation for his future life. History tells us that a person’s three main pillars of health, wealth and relationships have their roots in early childhood. We know that if we get it right in the early years, we can expect to see our children perform well throughout school and adult life.

“The first few years have so much to do with how the next 80 turn out”

                                                                                                   – Bill Gates

Nurturing the early years of children’s lives is the best investment we can make as parents. Our children don’t need presents from us, they need our presence to invest in them in the right fashion.Your baby’s brain has the potential to learn just about anything. Remember, as parents we have a key role to play in determining how much and how easily our baby learns.