Brain Development:
By 8 months, a baby’s brain has about 1,000 trillion nerve connections. By the age of 10, that number is reduced to about 500 trillion. As the brain operates on a ‘use it or lose it’ basis, early experiences are the defining factor affecting the rate of reduction in nerve connections. Studies on neglected children, who had been deprived of physical and mental stimulation, found that parts of their brain were underdeveloped and 20-30% smaller than most children their age.

Language skills:
Children can start learning any language during infancy and by six can develop advanced language skills!
From birth to four months, babies are ‘universal linguists’ capable of distinguishing each of the 150 sounds that make up all the languages in the world!
(Babies Are Smarter Than You Think – LIFE Magazine)
The power to learn a language is so great in the young child…they can learn as many spoken languages as you can allow them to hear regularly!
(Dr. Susan Curtiss, Professor of Linguistics, UCLA)
Around age three, children start putting words together into simple sentences and by age six have experienced a vocabulary explosion of more than 10,000 words!
(Cognition, Perception and Language – W. Damon & D. Kuhn)
"The most important thing that parents can do is talk and read to their children. During the toddler and preschool years, it is critical to provide children with different language and reading experiences."
(G. Reid Lyon, PhD, Chief of the Child Development and Behavior Branch within the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development)
While knowing how to read is essential for day-to-day survival, developing a passion to read opens new worlds for children. By reading, children can acquire all the knowledge, skills and values essential for their success in school and in life.
About 20 to 30 percent of school-age children have difficulties learning to read? At this young age, this can be embarrassing for them, and can result in low motivation and self-esteem. Children who are most at risk for reading difficulties are those who were not read to at home.
Reading to your children...
• Is an integral part of teaching them how to read
• Makes it easier for them to develop their speech and language
• Teaches them new vocabulary and pronunciation
• Builds their listening skills and increases their attention span
• Stimulates their imagination and fosters their natural curiosity
• Develops their ability to express themselves more clearly and confidently in spoken and written terms
• Is a great way to prepare them for the school environment
• Is a wonderful bonding experience that nourishes emotional development


Did you know…
• Before your child starts kindergarten, he would have spent about 17,500 waking hours with you at home already?
[4 years x 365 x 12 hours = 17,520]
• During a typical school day each child receives approximately 11 minutes of individual attention?
[40 minutes ÷ 30 children x 8 classes = 10.66]
• The relaxed surroundings of your home provide a more suitable environment for your child to learn?
In the absence of engaging home-learning activities, a child will naturally be more attracted to other activities.
Some of the key attributes of highly successful individuals are:
• Job skills - knowledge and skills of the particular field
• Analytical skills - imagination, creative thinking, reasoning, decision making, etc.
• Social skills - interacting, managing and motivating others
• Personal attitudes - self discipline, will power, ambition, optimism, etc.
• Values - integrity, honesty, respect, tolerance, empathy, etc. Most of these skills and values are not formally taught in schools and colleges!
In summary:
• Early years are the most critical learning period, and kindergarten is too late to start learning
• Reading habits are important and need to be developed early
• Children have a lot of free time that can be used more productively
• Now is the time to prepare our children for the competition they will face in the future.