(Pic: Cassy started in our Jolly Baby Class Program and is now enrolled in Bright Hope's full year Toddler Class Program)
My wife and I started BRIGHT HOPE ROOM FOR GROWTH INC., six (6) years ago. A venture that we started our of passion and purpose. It was a tutorial center then in Barangay San Vicente, Baguio City. We had grade school to high school tutees and even had the opportunity to teach non-readers from the nearby public school out of the goodness of our friends who shouldered their tutorial fees.
Since tutorial centers are mostly only full in the afternoon, we had to look for ways to fill the hours that our center was not being used. One day, when I was walking along the street in our barangay, I saw a lot of mothers holding babies from ages 1 to 2 years old, so I started to have an idea. I did my own research as to how early a child can go to school and came to a conclusion that “the earlier, the better”.
So in the first quarter of 2012, I gathered my neighbors and some of my school batch mates and convinced them to enroll their 2-year old babies in our toddler program. Most of them were hesitant and said that it was too early for a child of that age to be in school but they registered anyway and from then on, we all saw wonders every single day.
On October 24, 2013, an article from the Philippine Daily Inquirer further confirmed the relevance of starting early and I quote:
“The average 18-month-old can say about 10 to 30 words, but some normal 18-month-olds can say only five words. Sometimes I see a toddler of the same age who can say more than 70 words and can put these words in combination to form phrases or sentences. Kate, Trevor, Ryan and Cameron, all my patients, were already talking like a three-year-old when they were 18 months old. Trevor, at 15 months, was able to say more than 40 words when most of his peers could say only three to five words. Our son Len, at 24 months, was able to read the words “Toyota” and “Subaru.”
What do all of these children have in common? They were lucky to have parents and grandparents who started talking with them from the first day of life. They read to them early on and continued reading every night as part of their bedtime routine. These toddlers were fortunate to have parents who challenged and stimulated their brain cells during the first 12 months of their life by frequently talking, reading, counting, adding, singing, and playing in a happy way.
Unfortunately, most parents have the wrong idea that education starts at Grade K. To have happier and smarter children, education must begin during the first 36 months. This is the “golden window” of opportunity for parents, grandparents, daycare workers, babysitters, and nannies to make a huge difference. And for a dramatic educational outcome, educators and policymakers should look into this “golden window” of learning and apply recent cognitive research on how to boost babies’ language and brain development in their curriculum.”
As the article stated, babies are blessed to have people around them who can challenge and stimulate their brain cells while they are developing. Let us not neglect this stage and take this once in a lifetime opportunity to raise geniuses out of our babies. So parents, your babies can go to school too! It is just a matter of carefully looking for the best program that would suit their needs and their personality. Happy parenting everyone!
Note: To read the full text of the Philippine Daily Inquirer article, visit:http://opinion.inquirer.net/63987/golden-window-to-have-a-happier-smarter-child/comment-page-1
Bright Hope Room for Growth, Inc., is located at the 2nd and 3rd Floor, Luke Foundation Building, #90 Leonard Wood Road, Baguio City. We offer Baby, Toddler, Nursery, Pre-Kinder and Kindergarten classes in small class sizes. For inquiries, contact us through the following numbers:
Principals Office: (0917) 656 2006
Admin Office: (0917) 145 2381
Land Line: (074) 424 2647