The Early Years ~ ensuring they are full of magic, wonder and discovery!
Children are truly amazing acts of nature ... they come into this world so awe inspired by EVERYTHING seeing the magic, wonder and discovery in just about every little thing from the speck of dust that they follow mesmerized as an infant to the way the tiniest piece of grass will float around when you throw it into the air as a toddler and how when you mix mud and water great things can happen in the preschool years! .
I had one very strong role-model in my life who did not get to finish school but grew up to be strong leader in the community, a self-employed businessman and mentor to many, my grandfather, and while he might not have had 'strong secondary school background' what he was strong in SOCIAL SKILLS. He had empathy, impulse control, anger management,conflict resolution, resiliency,patience, understanding, risk assessment, persistence and the list goes on. All of these skills made him a LIFE LONG LEARNER so while he did not have a strong 'academic start' to life he spent his entire life gathering knowledge from the strong base of skills he DID develop in childhood...SOCIAL SKILLS!
This is what I want for the children in my life and for ALL children because I know that the REST will come in time!
Memories and skills are achieved as we navigate through and interact with the world with our senses ~ the more senses that are used during the interaction, the more intense the emotional connection during interaction, the more for repeated exposure the more likely it is to become part of wiring of the brain.
Therefore ideal children need lots of time to PLAY and explore with their whole body, all their senses in an environment that is set up with a mindful to help them scaffold new knowledge and skills through their play!