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Let’s Nurture Our Talents Ourselves!

Date: June 6, 2013 Author: admin Categories: Reviews & Publications

A Short Translation from the Russian Magazine “Moi Rebyonok” (“My Child”) 09/2010

 

This slogan comes from the author of the methodology of early intellectual development in children, Leonid Bereslavsky, and his “Discovery” schools.

 

Bereslavsky’s methodology of early intellectual development in children was borne of a parental experiment. Having become a father himself, Leonid Bereslavsky, a talented physicist, and author of 110 publications in the field of applied solid state physics, decided that he wanted to teach his own children what he himself knew: that they could grow up as successful and happy individuals.

 

So, how to teach kids? While he searched for answers to this question, Bereslavsky researched not only the experiences of families who had raised their own intellectual geniuses, but also contemporary achievements in the field of neuropsychology. Then a near revolution in psychology occurred with the theory that the first years of a child’s life are the most important for his further development. Scientists discovered that the young brain is capable of processing huge amounts of information. This is why children possess unique abilities. If they are not developed and utilised on time, they can disappear with age. The most prominent contemporary psychological schools in France, Japan and Russia now adhere to to this point of view….

 

The goal of his School is not to educate children. The goals of the methodology are different: Before anything, the child must become a psychologically healthy individual with a firm motivation to take on intellectual activity.

 

Children like studying at Bereslavsky’s school. They find their lessons a pleasure. They are able to think outside the box, and to feel confident about their own inner strengths.  Their peers tend to look up to them, and they often assume leadership positions once in school…

 

One mother of a student in Bereslavsky’s school sent in this review: “We’ve been attending the school for two years. In this time, the children have learned to organize and formulate their thoughts, and find pleasure solving, and creating new graphical and chess-related problems. Their behaviour has changed for the better, and the kids have learned self-respect and respect for others.”

 

Vitamin “S” (SUCCESS)

 

The Discovery School is staffed by genuine professionals who transform each lesson into a play of 4 to 7 acts. The kids never tire of the games/assignments, as Bereslavsky has developed over 5 000 different exercises, and the game materials change every 2 to 3 weeks.

 

Whenever necessary, the teacher will make corrections to the little kids’ actions, not forgetting, as they do so, to encourage them for their smaller successes….The exciting games/assignments are geared toward memory development, logical thinking, spacial concepts, speech, imagination and artistic capabilities. With these games, the child realises his/her mental and physical potentials, begins to exercise independence, and learns self-control.

 

Some of Bereslavsky’s Assignments

 

2-3 years of age

 

“The Quick Little Finger”

 

This exercise is geared toward the development of fine motor skills.

 

On a heavy piece of paper, draw two identical straight paths 15-20 cm long, and 2-3 cm wide. At the end of each path, place a block. The adult then shows the child how their index fingers move along the paths: the right index finger on the right path, and the left one on the left path. Then the adult suggests to the child to get to the block with his/her index fingers.

 

Praise the child often, turning the assignment into a game: “The right little finger made it first! Let’s pet him. Aww, but the left little finger is sad…He also wants to get to the block first. Finally, look how both little fingers made it to the ends of the paths!

 

When the child has already mastered the straight paths, you can then draw curved ones, gradually increasing their curvature. Let the child practice!

 

“Do What I Do!”

 

The main goal of this game is the development of coordination.

 

On the floor, with the help of two lengths of ribbon, you lay down a “road.” The adult then places a block on the outside part of her hand and moves it slowly along the floor, trying not to drop the object. Then, she turns to the child and says, “Do what I do! Bring another block!”

 

If the child easily handles this exercise, give him a small ball. It will be more difficult to hold in his hand. Or change the layout of the ribbons, so the road is not a straight line, but has a turn somewhere along the way.

 

 

 

 

 

3-4 Years

 

“What Am I Up To?”

 

This exercise is a great one for developing observation and imagination.

 

Ask the child to figure out what you are up to. For example, using only gestures, the adult shows that she is playing ball, drinking tea or slicing bread. Let the toddler take a guess or two. He probably already knows how to dig in the sand with a shovel, eat, drink, put on his shirt, draw, wash his hands, build a tower and much, much more.

 

Thus an adult and a child should have at least 3 to 6 guessing variants to choose from.

 

S. Kostylyova