When is a good age to start learning to play the piano? Is four years too young? I had this interesting discussion with some other parents of children who play the piano the other day. I had always thought the earlier the better, as soon as the child is tall enough that he can sit […]

Only recently, I came across Glenn Doman and his Institute for the Achievement of Human Potential. I heard about it from another mum who enquired about kindergartens using Glenn Doman methods for early learning. Being trained in classical experimental psychology, I was extremely sceptical at first – apparently, he advocated teaching babies to read and […]

Babies are much smarter than you think! Adults tend to underestimate babies massively because babies are not able to express themselves with our common form of communication – verbal language. But the more experimental psychologists devise different ways of checking for understanding of the world – such as measuring eye movements, brain activity or behavioural […]

Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited to all we now know and understand, while imagination embraces the entire world, and all there ever will be to know and understand (Albert Einstein) If you happened to watch the Channel 4 series “Child Genius”, you may have noticed a subtle effect in the […]

Byzantium was one of the great civilizations, an empire lasting 1,000 years based on a melting pot of Eastern and Western culture. It is a key period to investigate for any student of classical civilisation, particularly as, along with the Arab and Persian civilisations, Byzantium helped preserve vast parts of classical Greek and Roman heritage […]

Austen Henry Layard‘s was a famous 19th century archaeologist and author of the classic book “Nineveh and its Remains” that described his discovery of ancient Babylonian palaces following excavations around Nimrud. In Dr. Brian Fagan‘s introduction to Nineveh and its Remains, he describes Austen Layard’s very unusual early education, which I think can be credited […]

I was just reading about pianist Lang Lang’s early childhood, and apparently at the age of two, Lang watched the Tom and Jerry episode The Cat Concerto which features the Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2 by Franz Liszt. According to him, this motivated him to learn piano (surely it didn’t hurt that his father was a professional musician who enrolled him for piano […]

When my daughter was barely two months old, my mother gave her a lovely book as a gift – Monkey Puzzle by Gruffalo author Julia Donaldson – and asked me if I had started reading books with the baby yet. I was slightly surprised – isn’t it too early, I asked her? She’s not going […]

The press loves to hype up music prodigies – the younger the better – who can play incredibly well at a young age. But Alma Deutscher is different. She doesn’t just play – she composes beautiful music herself. She is a homeschooled 7 year old living in Surrey – conveniently placed close to the Yehudi […]

This boy went viral on youtube last fall, when he presented how he had developed iphone apps at a local TEDx conference in Manhattan Beach. He is not only impressive for his entrepreneurial spirit, but also for his public speaking skills.