There is a big debate in British society at the moment about the right age to start formal schooling, and how formal education may be detrimental to young children. The camps in the debate are primarily the UK Department of Education that advocates the extension of formal preschool programmes to 2 year olds on one […]

Babies start walking when they are ready. They all get there in the end, so don’t worry if your baby is not walking yet. Have you heard such advice before? It’s what many people think, but it’s not the whole truth. There are a lot of tricks you can use to help your child become […]

The following is a guest post by computer scientist and entrepreneur @joysyj who is introducing her 4 year old daughter to programming and computing via various tools, programs and apps. She is sharing her favourites below. Mitch Resnik, from MIT Media Labs, speaks about getting kids to code in his TED talk. I totally agree that coding […]

Schubert’s piano piece impromptu op. 90 is currently my favourite piano piece. It has a lot of emotional depth and I love the changes in rhythm, tone and intensity. It is a piece that requires much more than just technical skill and you will discover more and more subtleties the more often you listen to […]

Among children aged 2 ½ to 9, about a third are likely to experience having an ‘imaginary friend’—essentially an invisible companion. When the term ‘imaginary friend’ is extended to include personified objects (such as talking teddy-bears) and extensive impersonations of characters (such as superheroes), incidence rises to nearly 65%. Imaginary friends also fairly consistently appear […]

I’ve tried many books, apps and games to teach my 3 year old letters and reading. I tried some sight word flash cards suggested by Glenn Doman and also the Little Reader program released by the company Brillkids. I also used “The Ordinary Parent’s Guide to Teaching Reading” by Jessie Wise and the preschool prep […]

As my little baby grows up and develops so quickly, I have been thinking a lot recently about how the time is passing by and how I can hold on to these precious moment. I know I can’t, of course, but I really want to capture and enjoy these moments. I got slightly sentimental when […]

I recently finished reading “We Can Do” by Moshe Kai Cavalin who entered Community College aged 8 and graduated from UCLA with a degree in maths aged 14 last year. I really enjoyed the book because Moshe is a very humble boy who insists he is not a child prodigy and instead explains in detail […]

I’ve been trying out many educational videos for babies and toddlers over the last months, and today I want to talk about my absolute favourite – Sparkabilities! It’s a series of videos for babies and toddlers that you can purchase as DVDs or iphone/ipad app (more on this later). The videos do a great job of […]

When I started researching early learning methods, the name of Japanese educator Makoto Shichida kept coming up and I heard great reviews from parents who attended Shichida courses in East Asia. There is very little information on him in English on the web beyond the vague hint that he teaches “right brain education” and provides […]