Smarter than a preschooler?
Today’s preschools offer more than just snacks and naps, Marlon discovers.
I attended a parents evening at Maddi’s pre-school earlier this week and was amazed.
Firstly I was relieved that my hard-earned school fees were being put to good use. The principal had just returned from a trip to Australia where they have been using PMP (Perceptual Motor Programming) to develop little kids into rocket scientists.
We saw a presentation explaining how the whole thing works and how it will eventually ensure that our kids turn into geniuses. You can google PMP and find out the full details of the programme, but essentially it contends that movement and motion has a direct bearing on various aspects of a child’s development, like writing, reading, the ability to pay attention etc. Fascinating stuff I thought.
We (the parents) were even made to participate in a little demonstration (like the kids go through each day), and it certainly made a lot of sense. The principal related a story of a little boy who was so engrossed in the story his teacher was telling that he literally fell off his chair.
The teacher, assumed that he was messing about, told him to leave the classroom and eventually he was cited for possibly having attention deficiency issues. In actual fact, the little boy had balancing issues which affected not only his ability to concentrate, but a whole myriad of other learning abilities.
I quickly realised that our kids are a lot smarter than we ever were at the same age. I mean I don’t remember much of my preschool days except that the food was terrible. And we had to take naps in a large hall, which was scary if you ended up in the back because it was dark and every now and again a fat rat would stroll by your feet in pursuit of something to nibble on. Yet I always thought that I’d turned out alright.
However, this presentation made me realise that I probably entered primary school with about 50% if not less of my potential prepped for the experience.
I think all these new methods of teaching and the incorporation of perceptual stimulus into the preschool kids’ daily routine can only be positive. Already, due to our kids’ access to media, their vocabulary and general speech has improved remarkably when compared to when we were their age. And clearly once you can communicate well, you open yourself up to a continuous input of new learning.
And if our kids start off on a smarter education base and it continues, they’ll probably overtake us in the intelligence stakes halfway through university. Hmmm suddenly I feel a whole lot dumber. Do you think our kids are smarter than we were their age?