From what age to start to join them children – the decision of the parents. Now in almost every city and district there are many so-called development centers (or schools of early development, children’s clubs, English from the cradle, etc.).
It is possible to conduct such classes at home, many methods are described in detail on the Internet.
Look at your child, offer him several options for developing exercises, watch his reaction. If the kid likes it, he remembers and enjoys the learning process with pleasure – continue with confidence. If not – do not worry, try other directions (for example, not logical, but exercise), apparently, just not time.
Frankly, my daughter and I didn’t study until the age of a year and a half. That is, such that we have a specific schedule, a program – this was not. Noticing her interest in flowers – I explained where it was. But not in half a year, as it is now fashionable, but somewhere after a year, not earlier. Similarly, with numbers and letters – the year and a half began to show, she did not like. But later we learned the entire alphabet on her initiative a month before the biennium.
Nowadays, the study of foreign languages from the cradle is widespread. Schools in which we have been in open classes recruit students from 6 months. The main method is full immersion into the language environment. Ie, not a word in Russian during the lesson. Plus – the child memorizes individual phrases (usually the most common, used in everyday speech), replenishes vocabulary. Minus – lack of grammatical base.
My daughter generally enjoyed it (at that time she was 3 years old), but I didn’t like it very much. Because I am fluent in English, at that time she already had about 100 words and phrases in stock. In general, I did not want to pay for what I can do myself. Every day we taught 1-2 words from the objects around us. Let me remind you that the child’s initiative is important. The daughter usually asks herself: Mom, what about the weed in English ?.
We also visited several open lessons in other developmental centers. The logic seemed to me too primitive, or something. There it was necessary to sort the colors, fruits and vegetables, arrange the figures in the right directions (left, right, behind, under the tree, for example), assemble puzzles. I thought: But in fact I can do this at home myself, without other children, and for free !.
In general, from all the classes we chose rhythmic gymnastics. Rather, I chose a daughter. We attend trainings from September (three times a week), have never missed, after each lesson she asks: when will we come here again? She really likes to do in the form, all the children were given diaries and give marks.
For almost 4 months of classes, obvious progress in physical development, coordination, sense of rhythm is noticeable.
As for the rest of development, I personally consider it just a good pastime in bad weather, in order to diversify the harsh winter weekdays. And another important fact – the majority of children mom is not associated with the teacher. Mom – the one with which you can fool around, act up, but did not learn. Well, in the end, the mother may simply not have time, desire for classes with the baby.
And even closer to three or four years old, children usually begin to be interested in the company, first friends appear, it is interesting to talk to each other. Because they are interested to spend time in the company of their peers at various workshops and events.
Do you take your children to educational activities?