“Intellectual growth should commence at birth and cease only at death.”
Like every other parent all we want is the best for our kids and family; but when we had our first child, we realized that there is NO manual that instructs us A-Z how to teach and/or Brain Map our children properly.
We’ve now spent the past 13 years researching how to make our kids geniuses and elite athletes. We have spoken to numerous educators all over the country and they all believe that their way is the best and that they’re right. Kids learn differently and with so many contrasting teaching methods, we had to test the various ways kids learn, find the common denominators, and then make other observations to figure out how to teach our own kids.
This is "Our Story"; what we've researched, what we've learned and found out to help our boys be as successful as they could possibly be and to give them the best of everything! We started from scratch and have gathered so much information along the way. We felt so strongly about what we had learned that we wanted to share our information with EVERYONE!
Most parents will tell you that their kids are different and learn differently. Well, our boys are no exception. One common denominator was that kids really can learn to read, do math, ski, skate, swim, etc. by the age of 2-3 years old. However, not all kids will, like our first child, who at 5 years old was skiing, skating and swimming on his own, whereas our second child was 3 years old when he started those same activities on his own. That’s a 2 year difference. I’ve also seen kids younger than mine doing the same things much better than my kids.
My first child was 4.5 yrs.old when he read his first book on his own. Just before he turned 6 years old he earned an award for reading over a 100 books on his own in the first 100 days of school. This was a program developed by the Boston Public School system. At this age, he was also playing 16 out of 40 sports and started his second year of Chinese school every Sunday. He got a 100% on his first test ever and it was First Grade Chinese (he was in kindergarten at that time).
He hated going to Chinese school, but he also continued to go by his own choice. The point is, you have to teach and coach your kids how to make good choices. Your kids will reach all the milestones you set for them as long as you set them and be a patient coach. You may have heard, if you fail to plan your plan will fail. We didn't have a guide when we were raising our young boys, but we will share with you what we've learned and will provide you with an outline and some ideas. Remember though, that it’s up to you to take the time and to learn what’s best for your kid(s).
From what I’m seeing, my kids are just average compared to families that have more resources and are "in the know". I have noticed that even a lot of wealthy families have missed the window of opportunity which is unfortunate for their child, family, and ultimately society. The first 4 years, 0-2yr. and 2-4yr. are the most critical for your child’s future and mental development. This is more important than high school and/or college put together! If you do nothing else for your child ever again, at the very least, dedicate the first 6 years of their life to their education. One of our many motivations to do this was the worry and fear that if anything ever happened to us we wanted to know that our children would be all set mentally and physically for the rest of their life. Done in the proper manner, this will give a child the early education they need to have the mental capacity to learn in any environment, excel, and not only to succeed in life but to help others in the process! You can not get that first 4 years of a child’s life back! You have one chance to do the best for your kid!
We took a course, Parent University, at Northeastern University, highly recommended and it’s free. In one class they were talking about the new math standards. We offer and teach the same course, all over the country, that they are using for the National Standard. The difference is that the National Standard that is being taught for 3rd grade level math is the same standard being taught to 4 and 5 year olds. Now imagine what it would be like if the National Standard was for every K2 child to learn and know algebra, calculus, and to read chapter books. There are thousands of kids currently doing all that and more. Life gets much easier the smarter we are. One illustration of this is China's plans to build the tallest building in the world, with Dubai architects to build a 220 story skyscraper in just 90 days! Currently (2012) the tallest building in the world is in Dubai and it took 4 years to build. (Originally written in 2012).
Your 6-10 year old can and should be doing some type of high school level work (mainly math and reading) and college level work in high school. This has to be fixed by all of us and it starts today because now you know, and you care about your children and our future, right?
Here are a couple of the responses I got from the Boston Superintendent’s office, “It was good enough for my kids and they turned out OK,” and “I wish they would share this information with us.”
For parents that miss that window of opportunity, don’t worry. We turned out OK, didn’t we? Seriously though, as Albert Einstein said, “Intellectual growth should commence at birth and cease only at death.” He is right. It’s never too early or too late to start learning something new. Your brain requires exercise just like your muscles. If you don’t work your muscles it will result in atrophy or in other words they will shrink and disappear. Studies have shown that the same thing can occur with your brain.
How can the Government or the School System tell us what to do when they don’t even know themselves? They can’t. Right now it’s not their responsibility, it’s the parents; but no one is telling the parents that, and/or the parents just don’t know what to do. The problem and how to solve it shown on C-Span featuring (click here): Helen Blank is Director of Leadership and Public Policy, National Women’s Law Center, Robert H. Dugger Chairman of the ReadyNation Advisory Board and Invest in Kids Working Group, Lisa Guernsey Director, Early Education Initiative. This team led a discussion and talked about the Constitution where it says we have a legal obligation to take care of the welfare of the children.
Generations of children are being denied their Constitutional rights. When they finally let your child into school at the age of 6 years old, because that’s the law, it’s too late for him or her and apparently 1.2 million other kids a year (7,000 a day) that are dropping out of school! Now they’re depressed and taking medical marijuana, alcohol, etc.! Would you give these kids licenses or anything else? Then who is taking care of them? It’s no secret that instead of paying for welfare programs and jails it’s less expensive to have everyone live a much healthier and better quality of life if we just educate everyone and make them successful starting at birth. Even if it takes us 50 years to go through the generations to solve this problem, then at least we can be the generation to make the paradigm shift for that real change. Some say our existence depends on it. Look at global warming no one is doing enough about it. If we train our babies (kids) (now going forward) to fix it, they will be programed to save the planet before our current selfish system and way of life destroys it. It’s really that simple and there are many youth movements practicing that now. Parents, relatives, friends, and neighbors need to help each other until things change. We need to take responsibility and prepare our kids so that teachers can teach them everything else they need to learn and know.
“Why do you want to defend a system that was designed when we were discriminating against women…”- Senator Michael Bennet. “The civil rights issue of our time”- Governor Chris Christie. If you haven’t watched the DVD “Documentary Waiting for Superman” please take the time and watch it, WaitingForSuperman.com. Become more informed and share this knowledge with someone before it’s too late for their child. Like many other families we were on the waiting list to get into Boston Public Schools for 3 years! This is unacceptable. Hence, our mission is to raise awareness until every family is informed and engaged.
“We believe that the movie has the power to make people move, stop, think, talk, and act…” “Whether it’s reading to a child, mentoring a student in math, conducting a service learning project, making a donation, volunteering with a community based organization that does work with children and youth, voting, writing an out-bed in your local newspaper, getting on TV, doing whatever you can, host a house party, all of us has a roll to play in this crisis…” David Park, Executive VP, Mission Advancement, Americas Promise Alliance.
Special thanks to David and Sheryl Einhorn Family Charitable Trust for supporting the Waiting for Superman movement, believing in people and helping them get along better. They work to bring nurturing environments where individuals can better develop and practice pro-social behavior such as empathy, kindness, cooperation and stability in our schools, universities and communities.
I have learned that genius is not only natural but it can be taught. Until we change the school system it is our responsibility as parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles to capture this window today if we want the best for our children and if we want to see the “change“ in the World everyone is talking about. First and foremost, teach your Baby to always be loving, use proper manners, proper eating habits/nutrition, sports, math, and how to read! It is our responsibility as parents to teach our kids everything they need to know by the age of 4 years old. You only get one chance at this! How many times have we all said, "I wish I learned that when I was younger…" It all starts at birth and needs to be done routinely and patiently until the age of 6 to 12 years old.
Thank you for sharing this vital information that every parent should know. Whether you or someone you know is having a baby or if you/they have a child under the age of 5, everyone needs to be aware of this important information! Please forward this to everyone you know, to be part of the solution. You can also contact us. Send us a message on our Contact page or Call us!
Just A Few Helpful Links for now:
(If you want more good links just email or call us about what your interested in and we will email or call back with your request. If you have some good links, ideas, feedback please share them too. Thank you!)
- StarFall.com (Helps you teach your child to read)
BabyFirstTV.com (Great tools and ideas to help you teach your baby.)
- SmileOfAChildTV.com (24/7 wholesome TV for the whole family. If you like that then on most Saturdays watch TBN online, cell phone, or cable TV. Both serve as great tools to go over many issues such as bullying, making friends, and obeying your parents.)
- Caliteracy.org (National Institute for Literacy explains why you need to start teaching the day your baby is born.)
- Edpubs.gov (Free U.S. Department of Education Publications.)
- WaitingForSuperman.com (WE MUST educate our children at birth if we want to see big changes fast.)
- SafeKids.org (Accidental drowning is the top reason for accidental death among children! I have had to save my 4 and 6 year old boys from drowning over 10x in the past 5.5 years! Please teach your kids how to swim and don’t take your eyes off them ever.)
- Tenacity.org (Teaches kids tennis skills and coordination.)
- USAHockey.com (Teaching children the fundamentals of the 4 environments is an essential part of a child’s physical literacy. Ten key factors. This is for all kids looking to develop a healthy lifestyle and/or preparing to become elite athletes!)
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