Essay by koinoniaUniversity, Master's June 2004

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"Therefore whoever hears these sayings of mine, and does them, I will liken him to a wise man who built his house on the rock: and the rain descended, the floods came and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it did not fall, for it was founded on the rock." (Matthew 7:24,25 NKJV)

The house that sits on wobbly cinder blocks or rotting timbers shudders at the thought of a storm, and tornadoes that swoop annually through north central Texas eagerly gobble up those types of structures. Similarly, laying a solid foundation on which your child can build for the rest of his life, is the most important aspect of your child's education. Studies in science, history, literature, and vocational preparation all require a springboard that enables your child to rise to the challenges that growing up brings in life. Hence, we have those early years of preschool and primary education.

Dr. Raymond Moore, a leading educator, has done extensive research in early childhood development. Instead of frantically shoveling truck loads of academics in children younger that age 7, he recommends that preschoolers be given the freedom to be at home for play, simple chores with the parents, plenty of reading to the child, and a life of gentle routines that builds security and good health. These early years of exploring the world around them will give meaning to future "book learning." But why age 7? In truth, age 7 is not the "magic" age for academic readiness, but it offers a general age category; some children are not ready until ages 8 or 10 and others are ready earlier. Joseph Halliwell, in his "Reviewing of Reviews on School Entrance Age and School Success," revealed that early entrance to first grade results in lower achievement.