Welcome on board this exciting adventure of early learning with KiddyLearn! KiddyLearn really started with my own journey as a father.
In a pregnancy, many people would say that men are peripheral – useful only for giving foot rubs and driving the wife to her favourite restaurant to satisfy a sudden food craving. When my wife announced that she was pregnant with our elder daughter, Summer, I was determined to be a completely indulgent husband. “Baby and I would like…” was all the prompting I needed to spring into action. I was Super-Hubby. And I was feeling pretty good about it.
That is, till we went to our gynaecologist for our first ultrasound scan to ‘see’ our baby. Nothing could have prepared me for the emotional experience one can get from seeing the pulsing white light on the doctor’s monitor. “That’s the heartbeat,” our gynae explained calmly. How could he remain so cool? As my gaze was held rapt by my baby’s tiny flickering heartbeat, my own heart felt like it was going to implode. I wondered if there were other dads before me who have sat in the same chair, stared at the same monitor and felt stupefied by the same question: what do I have to do to be a competent and good father?
I was Super-Hubby. But do I have what it takes to be Super-Daddy?
Summer at age 22 months
I left the gynae’s clinic perturbed, but with a bubbling sense of excitement. I had a plan. This plan involved a profound change in the way I use the computer. ‘Warcraft 2’ and ‘Command & Conquer’ made way for an all-out online research. All websites were my teacher, and I, a zealous student. My favourite keywords were ‘pregnancy’, ‘child development’ and ‘early learning’. I read everything, from mommies’ forums discussing brands of nappy rash cream, to research papers on Google Scholar. Okay, I admit it – I tried to read everything. But it was impossible! I drowned in the sheer volume of information. However, it was not before something caught my attention – Right Brain Education.
I was amazed to see videos of young children below 2 years reading words and recognising the number of dots on a card. My research now had a focus. I was new to early learning, but with so much anecdotal evidence of the benefits of right-brain teaching, I was open and eager to try out this innovative approach on my little girl. Studies around the world have shown that children are more than capable of learning many things from young. In fact, the period from about 4 months to 6 years of age is a golden window of opportunity for stimulating and developing children’s brains.
Did I mention that I also happened to be working full-time? By day, I was an IT professional. By night, I morphed into Super-Daddy. I began teaching Summer at the age of 6 months, using materials I had spent many long hours after work preparing. At 15 months, Summer was already recognising words. At 3 years, when she just entered nursery, she was reading simple storybooks. I felt truly happy, gratified and proud. But truth be told, I was also pretty worn out from the daily arduous task of researching and preparing teaching materials.
Summer at age 3 years 5 months
So, I began exploring with some colleagues (invested parents as well) on how technology can facilitate the teaching of our little ones. We hit upon the idea of a web platform with multimedia capabilities. We envision it to be a tool that not only enables parents to teach, but is also capable of interacting with children. To ensure that we deliver effective and quality materials, we roped in specialised personnel and educators. After nearly two years building the technology, and designing our curriculums in accordance with worldwide principles of early learning, we are now ready to introduce KiddyLearn to other like-minded parents.
Summer at the age of 5 years old
Remember Summer’s cognitive development at 3 years old? She is now 6. I have never missed a teacher-parent meeting in school, since I have always been curious about her development. My heart, the same one that was ready to implode years ago, now swells with pride when I receive positive feedback from her teachers. But there was a nagging thought – is it daddy’s pride that is causing him to ‘listen to only the good stuff’? So, out of curiosity, I sent Summer to a child psychologist, who administered the Weschler Intelligence Scale
for Children – Fourth Edition (WISC-IV) on her and found her to be in the 'Very Superior' range, defined as the top 2% of the population. WISC-IV is a foremost internationally-recognised IQ test for young children, and Summer’s scores gained her membership into Mensa
(Singapore), the largest and longest-established high IQ society in the world. Summer has not stepped into primary school yet, but her reading level is at Primary 3. This corroborates with some experts’ belief that if taught early, children can be reading at much higher levels than normally expected. Of course, like every parent, I like to claim credit – “she’s lucky she inherited those genes from me!” However, if I were totally objective, I would have to admit that whatever natural endowments Summer may be blessed with, she would not achieve what she has today in terms of her IQ without the influence of early learning.
I & Summer
We have done the onerous groundwork research in early childhood education, to bring to you effective teaching methodologies and systems in an easy-to-use website. From its conception to delivery, KiddyLearn has always been focused on:
- Making it easier and more accessible for parents to engage in early teaching with their young children, and
- Empowering children to learn more effectively through a variety of early learning methods and techniques.
While we are convicted about the benefits of early learning, we do not prescribe the kind of achievements your child would attain. There is no telling how far-reaching the results could be when parents invest in their child’s learning from a young age. More importantly, in the process, we hope you would be able to spend more quality time with your kids, bonding better with them as a result. Afterall, there is no better environment for early learning than the unconditional love and acceptance from a parent.