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Can Your Child Benefit From An Acceleration Program?

Acceleration programs allow a child to learn at a faster pace than what children at that age are doing.  This allows a child to move on at their own speed, and leapfrog conventional stages in their education.  What happens when they do? The story of Ruth Lawrence provides some insight into what can be gained by children taking the acceleration route.

Even as other children at her age were in school, Ruth began a mathematics degree at Oxford University.  Since she had been a baby, Ruth had been taught mathematics by her father at home.  While still a child, Ruth’s father prepared and entered her for public mathematics examinations ordinarily geared for teenagers.  Ruth excelled in all of them to win her place at Oxford.

Ruth Lawrence’s academic abilities are without doubt exceptional.  However, had Ruth gone through the more conventional school route, would she have been able to achieve what she did when she did?  In other words, whatever her own individual mathematical ability may have been from the start, Ruth’s success in gaining a place at Oxford before her teens was gained openly via the support and encouragement of her family, and by following a period of one-to-one study with her father in which the primary focus was mathematics.

Today, there are more established and formal ways of doing what Ruth did over 20 years ago.  There are many universities that offer acceleration programmes for parents, schools and children around the world.  But before you decide  this could be something you would like to consider for your child, here are some ‘pros and cons’ that you may want to think over.

Advantages

  • If a child is so far ahead of the others in their class in any subject, then it makes sense for everyone for acceleration to be considered.  Think of the child Mozart working through conventional music lessons in your local school and you can see where acceleration may be something that could make practical sense for everyone
  • The child can move at their own natural pace and so boredom is less likely to set in.
  • They will be able to mix with people of a very different age to them, at university for example
  • Where a child would enjoy this experience, is comfortable with this outcome and wants to do it, they can be very happy.

 Disadvantages

  • A child may not want to be accelerated because they like things the way they are
  • They feel confident that they will still be able to achieve their goals without moving quicker than they are currently through school
  • They don’t particularly like the idea of being surrounded by people who are all older than them, they would like to go to universities later.

For a child reaching for the moon and stars, there are always at least two routes to their dreams.  Whether your child is accelerated or not, it doesn’t change the fact that they are brilliant, and can achieve what they want whichever route they choose.  If they do want to consider acceleration then you need to explore all the options carefully.

All children are born with three natural abilities that provide them with the potential to think like a genius, the abilities to think, to learn and to develop their own individual way of thinking and learning.  You can teach your baby to read as young as 4 months.  Baby can read although he or she may not be able to say the words.  This comes later.  Regardless of whether your child is a genius or not, you can start them young with a proper home based brain training technique.  Such children education programs enhances children development significantly. Besides teaching your baby to read, you can also teach baby math and other knowledge, it  takes just minutes a day.  Teaching baby to read by reading books to him or her is ineffective.  And remember, the sooner you start, the better it is for your child.

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