Monthly Archive: September 2016

The Right Age For Formal Education

It seems that the age when children are being enrolled in to school for the first time seems to be coming down rapidly. A decade or two ago, children were being enrolled in to school at the age of six with enough time for them to enjoy life at home and learn new things through experience during the first six years of their lives.
Life in general was also different at this time because the mother of the child would traditionally stay at home and take care of the home and the child during this time however, today, in this modern day and age, the rise in the cost of living and the difficulty to manage financially has given rise to both parents in the family having to work full time jobs in order to make ends meet. This means that taking care of a child becomes more complicated and there is a need for reliance on other people to take care of the child while the parents are out at work. Due to this, the average age of starting school has reduced significantly with children as young as two starting preschool in Bukit Timah.
Time for experiential learning
The best form of learning is not through a book but by experience and discovery at this sense of wanting to lean through experience is highest in those first few years of life. It is important for you to give your child the opportunity to learn these most important lessons in life by themselves as enrolling them in school can hinder this learning process. Admittedly preschool enrichment does occur at a certain age but this age should be higher than it currently is.
The sad reality is that most parents enroll their children in school extremely early for their own convenience and as a form of getting the child out of the way of their own personal schedules. This can ruin the child’s opportu8nities of learning naturally and it can also effect the child’s personality. It is important for parents to try to take time off their busy working schedules in those first few years of their child’s life to try and encourage experiential learning as this is the best form of development for child. It can not only enhance your child’s knowledge but it can also enhance your child’s analytical capabilities and thinking capacity. If you have chosen to be a parent, it is vital for you to keep in mind that your child and your child’s future depends on these important decisions that you make for your child.