Nelson Mandela Cheap Men's Nike Air Force 1 Flyknit Low Black Shoes , the well-known statesmen, once said, "Education is the great engine to personal development. It is through education that the daughter of a peasant can become a doctor, that the son of a mineworker can become the head of the mine, that the child of a farm worker can become the president of a great nation."The truth of this statement can only be fully appreciated if one considers the enormous importance of preschool education. The famous Japanese violin teacher and educationist, Shinichi Suzuki Cheap Women's Nike Air Force 1 Low GS Shoes Hyper Pink , once expressed a great truism when he said, "The destiny of children lies in the hands of their parents." The direction and the quality of this destiny are largely determined -- by the parents -- in the first seven years of the child's life.A study by HighScope Educational Research Foundation of Ypsilanti, Michigan, showed the significant value of early learning. From 1962-1967, 123 African Americans, all aged 3 to 4 and born in poverty Cheap Men's Nike Air Force 1 Low Casual Shoes Wolf Grey , and therefore at a high risk of later failing in school, were randomly divided into two groups. One group was exposed to a high-quality preschool program while the control group was not exposed to any preschool programs. The program that the experimental group was exposed to was based on HighScope's active learning approach. In the study's most recent phase, 95% of the participants were interviewed at age 27. Additional data were gathered from the subjects' school, social service and arrest records. The most significant findings of this study were:* Almost a third as many of those attending the preschool program, opposed to those with no preschool exposure (71% vs. 54%) graduated from regular or adult high school, or received their General Education Development Certificate. * At age 27 Cheap Men's Nike Air Force 1 Low Suede Shoes Red , four times as many of those exposed to the preschool program, opposed to those with no preschool exposure (29% vs. 7%) earned $2,000 or more per month, and they also scored higher on home and car ownership. * At age 27, only one fifth as many of those with proper preschool exposure, opposed to those with no preschool exposure (7% vs. 35%) had been arrested five or more times Cheap Men's Nike Air Force 1 High Supreme SP Shoes Black , and significantly fewer arrests for drug dealing were made under the preschool program group members. (7% vs. 25%) * The rate of out-of-wedlock births was lower among the group that had received preschool exposure. (57% vs. 83%) There is a proverb that one never gets too old to learn. This, however, is only partially true. There are indeed certain aspects of learning that can only be acquired effectively during the first seven years of life. Parents, who are desirous of offering their child an adequate preschool education, should therefore take care to concentrate on these aspects of learning. Some of the most important of these skills and aspects of learning are discussed below.1. Language:Language ability has been found to be an important predictor of reading ability. It is therefore of the utmost importance that parents should do everything possible to ascertain that their child be given optimum opportunities for language acquisition, more so because of the fact that Cheap Men's Nike Air Force 1 Low Casual Shoes All Black , before the age of seven, a child has a phenomenal ability to learn language. From the age of eight years, the child's ability to learn language is equal to that of an adult. It is therefore very unwise if parents do not exploit the wonderful opportunity that is presented only once in every child's life, and only for a short space of time.Parents should talk to their toddler as often and as much as possible. The more the small child is exposed to language, the quicker he will start to understand speech and later also start speaking. It is important that on a daily basis time should be set aside for story reading andor story telling. However, it is vital that the same story be read or told over and over every day. The same story should be read to the child for several months before a new story -- a slightly more advanced one -- is introduced. This new story must also be read over and over for many months.Effective language acquisition is dependent upon ample repetition of the same words Cheap Men's Nike Air Force 1 High Supreme SP Shoes White , phrases and language structures.2. Concentration:Concentration is both an act of will and an acquired skill. For that reason it is important that parents make sure that the small child will receive enough opportunities to exercise this skill, so that he will be able to sit still and concentrate for at least 20 minutes or so by the time that he goes to school. From about two years the parents can start reading stories to the child. It is important, however, that the child must sit still and listen to the story. He must not be allowed to run around or play during the reading. To make this possible, the parent must start with a short story of about five minutes, and then little-by-little increase the time. In this way the child's attention span can gradually be stretched.3. Work attitude:The idea of school readiness is a universally accepted concept. However Cheap Men's Nike Air Force 1 Low Leather QS Shoes White , readiness for work is probably even more important than school readiness. There has been a tendency over the past decades to try to make learning fun. This is certainly one of the reasons why there is so much learning failure all over the world at present, because learning isn't fun; it is work. Naturally, work -- just like learning -- can often be very interesting, and it can even be enjoyable. Moreover, there are always aspects of work -- and therefore also of learning -- that are neither interesting nor enjoyable. Regardless of this, however Cheap Women's Nike Air Force 1 Mid 07 White Black Shoes , they have to be done. It is of the utmost importance to teach a child that work is something that has to be done, and done to the best of one's ability -- also those aspects of work that are not interesting or enjoyable. 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