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An Intrinsic Part of Our Lives0
An Intrinsic Part of Our Lives
Published: May 26, 2014 | 5 minute read

My daughter, Clementine is now almost two and a half, and not a day goes by that the learning program is not an intrinsic part of our lives.Three weeks after Clementine’s birth, we began with the physical, reading (English and Chinese) and swimming program as outlined in the books on those respective subjects, followed by our math program at three months and then our encyclopedic program at around four months. At such a young age, I wasn’t able to gauge the effectiveness of the reading, math, or encyclopedic programs, but at 3 months Clementine was able to hold onto a dowel off the ground for 30 seconds as illustrated in the book and she enjoyed swimming and could swim underwater.

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Why You Should Teach Your Child to Run, Part 10
Why You Should Teach Your Child to Run, Part 1
Published: May 21, 2014 | 2 minute read

There are six excellent reasons why you should teach your children to run. We will discuss each of these in our blog. Reason One—Brain Growth and Development Running is not just a sport or a means of staying fit and healthy. Running is a function of the human brain. Between birth and six years of age, the brain grows at an enormous pace that will never be equaled in one’s lifetime.

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Why do we stop at 12 x 12 when we teach kids multiplication?0
Why do we stop at 12 x 12 when we teach kids multiplication?
Published: April 16, 2014 | 2 minute read

In India, people are known to be very skilled in mathematics. The idea of “zero” was first conceived by an Indian mathematician “Aryabhatta”. Indian people have dominated the world of commerce for centuries in the west of India. A few years ago one of my colleagues told me a story about an Indian teenager who came to the United States. In the math class, the multiplication of two digit numbers had been taught.

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New programs help teach kids to code0
New programs help teach kids to code
Published: April 10, 2014 | 2 minute read

Since the late 1970s, The International School has taught kids to code at the K-8 grade level. Back in those days the Apple II, a monochrome screen, and the Logo programming language were the tools of choice. Kids enjoy learning computer science and today our computer science course is a part of our core curriculum for all children in K-8 grade. It is great to see new organizations and tools being created to help teachers, parents and schools.

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Newborns—Right-Side Up or Upside Down0
Newborns—Right-Side Up or Upside Down
Published: March 20, 2014 | 8 minute read

All newborn and tiny babies spend most of their time lying on some surface. For most of them this is a baby carriage, an infant seat, a crib, a walker, a swinging seat, a stroller, or a playpen; all of these are restrictive and prison-like. They either prevent the baby from moving at all (in the case of the carriage or the crib) or vastly restrict his movement (in the case of the playpen).

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