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Early Childhood Brain Development

We all know that the first few years of life are the most important for brain development and growth. As parents, we all realize this and do our best to help our children take the best advantage of these incredible growth periods. It is also during these growth periods that critical aspects of a child's brain is established, and it is the experiences during these sensitive periods of development that play a critical role in shaping the capacities of the brain. [1] Please take a look at the graph below, showing the synapse formation in the brain of children based on age:

As you can see, the largest amount of synapse formation takes place during the first few years of life, and decreases with age.

One thing for certain is that learning to read and reading are fantastic ways to stimulate intellectual development in young children, and there's no arguing against that. Your Child Misses a GOLDEN Opportunity, If You Do Not Teach Your Child to Read Now.

Did you know that there is a direct link between a child's academic performance and future success with positive early experiences and developing early reading skills? This has been shown in numerous studies:

Reading makes your child SMARTER, and the very act of reading can help children compensate for modest levels of cognitive ability! [2]

Your child's vocabulary at age 3 predicts his or her first grade reading success [3], and...

Vocabulary and reading ability in first grade strongly predicts grade 11 outcomes [4], and...

Third grade reading skills directly influences high school graduation. Children who cannot read proficiently by grade 3 are four times more likely to leave school without a diploma than proficient readers! [5]

As you can see from above, developing early reading skills is extremely important for predicting future success. Reading not only conveys academic benefits, but it also helps improve children's cognitive abilities.

While reading is such an important aspect of success, why is it that so many adults and children alike are such poor readers? Did you know that:

According to the National Assessment of Educational Progress, 33% of grade 4 students read at just the BASIC level, and 34% CANNOT even achieve reading abilities of the lowest basic level! [6]

The U.K. government's Department of Education reported that 42% of children left school without achieving a basic level of functional English [7]

The Australian Government Department of Education reported that 33% of all year 5 students CANNOT meet the benchmark literacy skills, and in Canada, 42% of Canadians are considered semi-illiterate! [8 ,9]

The above are real statistics as reported by national agencies of English speaking countries. It's quite apparent that a large number of students are not achieving sufficient reading skills, and this could lead to long term consequences.

Don't let your child's reading ability become a statistic! Take matters into your own hands now, and take action! As the parent, You will always be the BEST teacher for your child, and you will always be better than anyone else at teaching your child. This is because you KNOW you child better than anyone else. When the teacher knows the student, only good things can come of it. The benefits of teaching your child to read early on is enormous, and you hold the key to unlocking all of this potential. Click below to get started today...

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1. The Timing and Quality of Early Experiences Combine to Shape Brain Architecture
Center on the Developing Child, Harvard University

2. What Reading Does for the Mind

3. Vocabulary Development and Instruction: A Prerequisite for School Learning
Andrew Biemiller, University of Toronto

4. Early reading acquisition and its relation to reading experience and ability 10 years later.
Cunningham AE, Stanovich KE.

5. Double Jeopardy How Third-Grade Reading Skills and Poverty Influence High School Graduation
Donald J. Hernandez, Hunter College and the Graduate Center,

6. NAEP 1998 Reading Report Card for the Nation and the States
March 1999
Authors: Patricia L. Donahue, Kristin E. Voelkl, Jay R. Campbell, and John Mazzeo

7. Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Functional_illiteracy

8. Australia Government Department of Education, Science and Traiing: http://www.dest.gov.au/archive/schools/literacy&numeracy/charts.htm

9. CBC News: Canada's Shame - http://www.cbc.ca/news/background/education/canada-shame.html

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