Here’s an interesting article about Shichida Education, a Japanese method aimed at stimulating the brain development of babies - but what are your thoughts?
I think these things can get out of hand - children have enough pressure as it is. However, they seem to be aware of these concerns.
I think success depends on the child - no matter the program, really. I have 5 kids with varying abilities, yet I spent a lot of one-on-one time with each one from birth.
My youngest son goes to a special education unit for disabled children. They learn Spanish which is ridiculous. I’ve never even run into a Spanish speaker in my lifetime. One of the SSO’s (school support officer) told me the kids hate it, but they have to teach it because of government bureaucracy.
If my 9 year old can’t even say or read basic words, there’s no point in my showing him flashcards in Spanish or Chinese! Let’s start toilet training instead when he’s eventually ready for it. Let’s keep trying to teach him to write “S” for Stephen! I’d rather he learned to feed himself one day, than learn a language.
My 3rd & 4th children have trouble spelling, hate Japanese language etc…and turned out, er, average - even with our one-on-one time. Well, we did bond:)
2nd child is gifted in humanities and art. Okay, my time with her paid off, as she read and spelled at adult level by grade 2.
My eldest son would have loved this program! I noticed he could read the alphabet straight off the TV at 13 months, so I worked with him at home using flashcards etc. He could read before the age of two. At 4 he could count to 500+ and write & count the Japanese numerals I taught him. (Ended up with genius IQ, gifted in maths & physics)
But here’s the thing - my parents never sent me even to kindergarten for 4 year olds, like the other kids. We had very few toys and a very sheltered life. Sure, we were socially immature. But I was a fluent reader & speller by grade 2. By grade 7, I was correcting student essays for the teacher. And I don’t have to brag about the rest of school…
Which makes me think, hey, maybe our IQ is predetermined? That the “smart” kid will do well, no matter the program or school or environment or age of intervention? Maybe we should just give them more opportunities to discover what they like doing.