From the newspaper “Moskovskiy Komsomolets” October, 1994
“On his birthday, Piglet had all his friends come over. Along with tea, he brought out a large and delicious cake. However, before inviting them each for a slice he said ‘you can only choose a slice where the design on the frosting matches this one. (he holds up a picture). Help Piglet’s friends. How many slices of cake did you choose?”
(Exercise for children from 3 to 4 1/2 years of age)
All children are naturally talented. The desire to strive for perfection is instilled in each and every person. In the little ones, especially. Up until the age of five, the intellect- memory functions and the ability to absorb information at this age is great. And you don’t have to worry about overloading a child’s brain. The earlier you get a child to practice intellectual activity, the greater the chance that, in the future, he/she will become a person who can realize individual potential.
Leonid Bereslavsky, with his bold experiment, was inspired by his own children. Concerned as he was for their future, Bereslavsky studied a wide range of literature: from the classic works of the Russian pedagogue Vysotski to “Systems for Developing Talent” by the Japanese Suzuki, who founded one of the most influential networks of developmental kindergartens in the world.
What he discovered was stunning. Apparently, children can be raised with their talents intact, as long as they are taught to think at exactly the right time, and not to simply become regurgitants of knowledge.
So, how to achieve this? Where do we begin? It was Bereslavsky, on his time off as an engineer for one of Moscow’s defense enterprises, who discovered the methodology himself. It was fortunate that he had the chance to do it. A man of varied interests, a physicist, electronics engineer, and author of a wide range of scientific works, a candidate Master of Sport in chess, Leonid had “amassed” some solid intellectual capital. His colleagues, electronics engineers, freely offered to help this lone enthusiast in his endeavours.
As a result of many years of research, he created the EIS, the Electronic Intellectual Simulator, with a great variety of mental development games and tests.
Kids, who are notoriously susceptible to neuroses from insecurity in their own abilities, having taken the Bereslavsky courses, are transformed, with significant advantages over others in their peer-group in the areas of self-confidence, good memory, and alertness….SUCCESS, like vitamins, is simply good for you. Especially at a young age. The initial experimental platforms were several kindergartens in Moscow and housing office daycare centres, where Leonid Bereslavsky was allowed to do volunteer trials.
Today, four kindergartens in Moscow operate using Bereslavsky’s methodology. Also, two centres for early intellectual development have opened in Tver. The promising system has been noticed overseas, and one kindergarten in Spain is in the process of implementing the methodology.
The methodology has been given high marks by well-known scientists and psychologists.
Alas, the Centre for early intellectual development has its limitations. It cannot accept everyone who wants their children to participate. One kindergarten, in a typical building on Leninsky Prospekt in Moscow has young children from all over the city as participants.