By Melanie R Thomas
Most parents do not fully understand the importance of early education when it comes to their children. There is still the idea that a child doesn't need any special attention before he starts school. While this is certainly true for most parents, other parents are realizing the benefits of early education and how it can help your child later on in life. While the importance of early education is over-emphasized it can play a pivotal role in your child's upbringing.
It has been proven through studies and research that children who have had parents that help them focus on early education prosper more later on in life. They have the ability to do better in school and in the work force. The developmental areas that are focused on when educating your child do not only remain in the intellectual sphere. Parents also focus on their creative, physical, social and emotional well-being. All of these aspects need to be worked on so that your child can develop normally. By emphasizing on these developmental areas at a young age, it will be simpler for the child and a parent when the child grows older.
Getting Started on Early Education
When a parent is first introduced to early education for their children there seems to be thousands of resources and researchers saying different things. It can be confusing for a first time parent trying to find a way to approach early education.
The best way to start is to start slowly. When purchasing games, books or toys that you think will be educational for your child make sure to review them thoroughly. Often manufacturers sell games that actually have nothing to do with education. Try finding a reputable online store that sells quality books that have been developed by teachers and professors.
Also make a habit of reading every single day to your child, regardless of how old they are. Reading is one of the most important aspects of early education and should not be easily dismissed. Research has shown that you should be reading to your children every day for at least twenty minutes a day. This can help improve their imagination, creativity, their vocabulary and general knowledge.
Don't become too crazy about educating your children at a young age. One of the biggest mistakes you can make is bringing too much structure into your child's life. Unstructured play is equally important as structured play in early education.
Melanie Thomas (CEO Melrose Kids Ltd) is a mother of two boys and lives in London, England. Melrose Kids Ltd are the official distributor of Brainy Baby® products in the UK and Ireland.
For 15 years, The Brainy Baby Company has been a pioneer and leader in DVDs, Books, flashcards, Games and Toys for babies, toddlers and pre-schoolers. The award-winning line of videos, CDs, books, games, and toys introduce educational subjects such as letters, languages, shapes, animals, art and music.