However some Aussie parents are breaking away from that mould, instead employing the relatively new 'Shichida method' and they're starting when their kids are just six months old.
“I want to fill her brain while it’s in this sponge-stage!”
Engage their heart then you can engage their minds
Shichida tips for educational learning in the home
- Using catalogue mail ask children to circle particular letters, vowels or words. Do the first few together to help them understand how to play the game.
- In the sandpit make as many sandcastles together and start counting them one by one, then in twos. Use the buckets to learn measurements – full and half full.
- Make walking up steps a numbers game counting each step aloud as you walk on them.
- When doing something talk in time – it's one o'clock it's lunchtime. It's 7 o'clock and bed time.
- Play a relating imaging game in daily, for example have a child recall a character they saw on a TV commercial or what colour top was the bus driver wearing?
- Put 5-10 items on a table, show it to your child for a few seconds, have them close their eyes while you remove one object and ask them to tell you which one is missing.