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Since 2005, the ChildUp team of early childhood development experts and dedicated parents is providing information, methods and tools for parents who intend to raise successful and happy children.
THE 5 KEYS OF THE CHILDUP EARLY LEARNING MODEL
The ChildUp Early Learning Model is based on decades of practical positive parenting experience in real life situations and families, backed up by 21st century international scientific research:
- Newborns Are Ready to Succeed at Anything
Any human newborn in good health is ready to learn everything, and be successful and even excel at anything. The thousands of genes of the baby’s brain are like switches just waiting to be turned on (or not!) by experience and the environment. The first years are the most crucial years for the building of the brain which - with around 86 billion neurons eager to connect together - will never be so agile and flexible later in life.
- Talent Grows with Effort and Practice
The idea that some lucky children may be “gifted” from birth is a pernicious myth. A focus on effort, rather on intelligence or ability, is much more encouraging. Children who think that talent and intelligence are not inborn, but made, get better results in any domain.
- Parents Are the First Role Models and Teachers of their Children
A strong learning culture in the family and a patient and long-lasting involvement of the parents in the learning process are crucial for the optimal development of their children’s abilities. Parents have a heavy influence on the development, schooling, career and life of their offspring.
- The Goal Is to Be Fully School Ready
Math and language are essential for the good development of children’s intellectual and social skills, what is a good reason to pay attention to it from day one. Well prepared (advanced) children starting kindergarten and elementary/primary school with solid foundations in math and language will keep this precious advantage for life.
- Games Are Great Early Learning Tools
Indeed, academic learning is work that requires concentration, discipline, and perseverance. At the same time, in matters of early education, play is as important as work. Since children like playing, and since any game is educational, it’s a good strategy to use play and games as favorite early learning tools… and rewards.
MATH UNLOCKS YOUNG MINDS
According to Greg J. Duncan, Professor of Education at the University of California, Irvine, the better preschoolers are at learning math, the more likely they are to succeed academically. Early math skills are even more consistently predictive of later achievement than early reading skills.
If you want to advance your preschooler's chances of doing well academically, it's time to get out the board and card games. Math learning is about being able to do things like count squares on a board and play board games - coupled with parenting, that builds math into everyday learning experiences.
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THE SECRET TO RAISING SMART KIDS
By Carol S. Dweck
Professor of Psychology at Stanford University
Many people assume that superior intelligence or ability is a key to success. But more than three decades of research shows that an overemphasis on intellect or talent - and the implication that such traits are innate and fixed - leaves people vulnerable to failure, fearful of challenges and unmotivated to learn.
Teaching people to have a “growth mindset,” which encourages a focus on “process” rather than on intelligence or talent, produces high achievers in school and in life.