From the moment of a child’s birth, they are full of the desire to explore, especially in the first 6 years of their life. Curiosity is like a magnet that allows children to absorb positive energy, as well as attract natural knowledge and languages. Due to this, adults are surprised by the speed at which children can learn foreign languages as it is normal for them, but their ability to quickly grasp new language gradually slows when age increases, making adults jealous of children.
Many studies have shown that in addition to the mother tongue, learning other languages from early childhood will aid in making the child’s brain more prone to absorbing information rather than learning so later. The thinking path of children who learn in a bilingual environment from an early age also helps them form better habits of reflection, self-study and problem-solving.
However, bilingual learning requires an orderly learning environment and the will of teachers, parents and students alike. As we all know, learning is a lifelong process, and when you stop learning, knowledge will quickly become obsolete. The same goes for the learning path for children from 1 to 6 years old. Think of it as if we were to build a house. Before building a house, we need to prepare the design, materials and construction schedule Therefore during childhood, it is much more important to cultivate study habits, critical thinking and self-learning skills instead of rote the knowledge presented. Children will learn to master to fully understanding of 10 new words every month during daily conversations rather than solely memorizing 100 new words every month.
Parents may find that children learning critical thinking skills is a slower method compared to traditional memory techniques. Yet, children’s adaptability to this method will really make breakthroughs starting at levels from elementary school to especially when in high school. Critical thinking skills are required (especially in taking IB exams or doing scholarship interviews), “Eureka”! Children have time to practice their thinking habits from the age of 1! This is why, if children learn by memorizing, they will have good learning outcomes immediately, but as they age, they will fall behind.
To understand roughly, the learning method of critical thinking is to see good outcomes “slowly but surely”, “Little strokes fell great oaks.”
Every 6 months, Kinder Academy will consult parents about their child’s development trend of thinking and personal abilities. The academic department and teachers are dedicated and experienced and have clear individual strategies for each child, because we understand that children are born with unique abilities. Einstein said once: “If you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.” Hence why we always keep in mind that when children are placed in a right environment, they are encouraged, and will then become well-adjusted members of society.